The Everton youngster was the hat-trick hero as Scot Gemmill’s side beat Andorra at Tynecastle last Thursday.
But today was going to be a much tougher test for him and Scotland as they went up against a nation notoriously strong at youth level.
Not that it showed, though, with Scotland getting a deserved 2-1 victory to breathe life into their Under 21 Euro 2019 Championship qualifying campaign.
Hornby’s first goal was a brilliant finish from around 40 yards into an empty net:
— Scotland National Team (@ScotlandNT) September 11, 2018
And his second was an emphatic finish from the penalty spot in the last minute:
Fraser Hornby's double, including this late penalty, helps Scotland U21s to a fine away win in the Netherlands. #Sco21s have now beaten the Dutch home & away in their Euro U21 Championship qualifying group.#TartanArmy #Everton pic.twitter.com/wj0G4VyAMj
— Barry Anderson (@BarryAnderson_) September 11, 2018
What a performance from Hornby and the 21s – one that should excite the nation as well as national team manager Alex McLeish.
Scotland impressed against Albania in their Nations League opener last night and tonight’s result for the 21s shows there’s some serious talent emerging through the youth ranks too.