Young Scots win at last
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Scotland's Under-21s notched their first win in 14 attempts with a 3-1 victory in Austria.Scotland's Under-21s notched their first victory in 14 attempts with a 3-1 win in Austria.
Rainer Bonhof's team had not tasted success since November 2003, but emerged triumphant thanks to goals from Gregor Robertson of Rotherham and Celtic's Craig Beattie (2).
After Andreas Hozl had hit a post early on for the hosts, the Scots moved ahead on 24 minutes through Robertson.
The defender headed home after a Shaun Maloney corner had been flicked on by Beattie.
The lead was doubled shortly afterwards, although it came at a cost as Dunfermline's Scott Morrison was injured winning the penalty that Beattie was to convert.
Scott Brown played Morrison in but he was clattered to the ground by Austrian goalkeeper Ramazan Oczan who was cautioned for his challenge.
Morrison was stretchered off after some extensive treatment and Beattie maintained his composure to stroke home from 12 yards.
Austria reduced the arrears shortly after the interval when Christian Thonhofer blasted home from 20 yards and it appeared that Scotland would do well to hold on in the face of increased pressure from the home side.
However, Beattie restored their two-goal cushion on 65 minutes when he stroked home following good work by both Kevin Thomson and Paul Gallagher.
Andreas Lasnik hit the bar late on for Austria but Scotland held on for a morale-boosting victory.