The instinctive sweep of Stevie May's left foot sent the ball high into Slovakia's net, allowing the hirsute St Johnstone striker to celebrate his first goal for his country.
Considering May has been around Scottish football for five seasons, it seemed almost counter intuitive to note that this also affords him an 100% record, as it was also his first ever start. Thankfully the brawny 20-year-old appears keen to make up for lost time. "This is the first start I have ever had for Scotland, I never did that at any of the younger ages," he said. "It is massive scoring for your country but I don't know if anything will ever beat the first I ever scored. It was Airdrie away [a 4-0 away win for St Johnstone in the first division] when I was 15. I came off the bench and scored and I was buzzing."
May's strike on Thursday proved to be the winner and breathed life into Billy Stark side's hopes of reaching the 2015 European Championships. While this was a fine performance by the whole team, May certainly did his own ambitions no harm in front of Gordon Strachan. Playing in the lone striker's role recently vacated at full level by Kenny Miller, he offered a fairly good impersonation even if he lacks the same flaring acceleration. "Kenny got stick, but I always rated him," May said. "His work rate was second to none and he did score some important goals for Scotland. I always look to him in terms of how to play one up front. He was the one I looked at in a Scotland strip."
Having dropped out of the squad due to fitness concerns, Tony Watt will do well to get his starting place back any time soon. May is the top-scoring Scot in the SPFL Premiership and has 55 goals from 76 senior starts, including seven in all competitions this term. "I just had to concentrate on the chance I was given and I think I have done relatively well," he said. "We never knew he [Strachan] was coming, although I did see him before. I don't think the boys needed any extra edge anyway; we were all going 110% even if it was an empty stadium.
"If you are ever playing up front on your own, the onus in you," he added. "You are a big part of the team and if you don't play well the team doesn't play well so I knew it was a hard job. I wasn't really thinking about much else other than what I had to do."
May and his team-mates now move on to Tbilisi to face a Georgia side trounced 6-0 by the Netherlands. With that in mind, taking chances will be foremost in their thoughts. "We managed to take two, and in most games, if your defence is at a relatively high level of performance two goals is usually enough," said May. "But we do know that at international level that you will get punished if you don't take our chances."