Agony as Scotland draw 2 – 2 in Slovenia

Posted in World Cup 2018 with tags , on October 10, 2017 by Tartan Army Soldier

Scotland came so close to going the World Cup finals. But, holding hosts Slovenia to a 2 – 2 draw when they needed a win, it wasn’t to be.

As with the previous match, against Slovakia, this was a nail-biter all the way to the end. Griffiths opened the scoring, receive deserved rapturous applause from fans. As well as a superb strike, this was the first goal Slovenia had conceded at home during the competition. Spirits were up! And Scotland ended the first half 1 – 0 ahead.

Unsurprisingly the Slovenians had plans to scupper Scotland’s plans. And Roman Bezjak was the fly in Scotland’s ointment. Equalising after 52 minutes, he then went on to score a second 20 minutes later. Disaster! Scotland had less than 20 minutes to save their place in Russia.

Scotland pulled the score back to 2 – 2 in the 88th minute. But it wasn’t enough. Scotland managed two more shots at goal, from Snodgrass and Phillips, but neither was successful. And that, unfortunately, was that…. A worthy effort, but Scotland fail to qualify.


Scotland defeat Slovakia to keep World Cup hopes alive

Posted in World Cup 2018 on October 7, 2017 by Tartan Army Soldier

Thursday was great night for Scottish football. Facing the none-too-shabby Slovakia, the Scotland squad knew they had to win to keep World Cup qualification hopes alive. And they managed it. Thanks to an 89th minute own goal by Slovakia’s Skrtel, the Tartan Army are one step closer to marching into Russia.

It was arguably what is becoming a typical Scotland match. The team deserved to be victorious. However, despite being the better team for the majority of the match, they found it difficult to put the ball in the opposition’s net.

Scotland didn’t let up. All through the match they pursued the goal they needed. Although frustrated by bad luck, they continued on. Efforts by Fletcher, Robertson, Forrest and the rest simply refused to find the net. Then, in the dying minutes, they scored!  Scotland go ahead 1 – 0.

The deadlock was broken by….Slovakia. Skrtel moved to block a pass from Anya, meant for Martin. Sadly, for the Slovak, he deflected the ball past his own keeper. It wasn’t how we expected to win, but it was a scoreline well deserved. And, more importantly, it provides a lifeline, giving Scotland a chance to qualify for the World Cup.

Scotland defeat Malta, and close gap on Slovakia

Posted in World Cup 2018 with tags , on September 5, 2017 by Tartan Army Soldier

Another positive result by the Scotland squad. This time it was against Malta, at Hampden, and the result was 2 – 0.

A first half header by Christophe Berra put Scotland ahead. Then, in the second half, Leigh Griffiths scored a second for Scotland. And that was how it remained to the end. Some of us would have hoped for a few more goals, but another victory after Friday’s win was most welcome.

Scotland are now within one point off second place. Thanks to Slovakia dropping points to England, the gap between the Slovaks and both Scotland and Slovenia is a single point. So, with Scotland, lined up to face both Slovakia and Slovenia in their last two matches, it seems Scotland’s fate is firmly back in it’s own hands.

Scotland impress with 3 – 0 victory in Lithuania

Posted in World Cup 2018 on September 4, 2017 by Tartan Army Soldier

Scotland produced an impressive 3 – 0 victory on Friday evening. The result was enough to lift them up to third place in World Cup qualifying Group F.

An energetic approach helped provide the goals. Scotland were by far the better team, claiming most of the possession and making more chances than the hosts. It was therefore no surprise when Armstrong put Scotland ahead in the 25th minute. Full-back Andy Robertson followed up soon after with an amazing curled into the net. Then, James McArthur provided the third goal in the second half.

Scotland’s situation is now more promising. Rising to third position, they are now 4 points behind Slovakia. It won’t be easy to take second position, but it now seems a lot more possible.

Scotland squad announced for Lithuania and Malta

Posted in World Cup 2018 with tags , , on August 22, 2017 by Tartan Army Soldier

The Scotland squad has been announced for the upcoming matches against Lithuania and Malta. As well as many familiar names, Gordon Strachan has chosen to recall Newcastle duo Matt Ritchie and Grant Hanley ahead of these vital World Cup qualifiers.

Scotland Squad

Scotland draw 2 – 2 with England

Posted in World Cup 2018 with tags , on June 20, 2017 by Tartan Army Soldier

Harry Kane was the toast of England, as he crushed Scotland’s World Cup hopes with an injury time equaliser.

An entertaining match seemed to be ending well for Scotland. England had opened the scoring with a strike from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the 70th minute. However, Scotland sucessfully converted two free kicks in the 87th and 90th minutes. Leigh Griffiths scored first. Then, three minutes later, Griffiths repeated his efforts with what most of us expected was the match-wining goal. Sadly it wasn’t.

Three minutes of overtime were to be pivotal. An England free kick was deflected by Scotland keeper, Gordon. However the ball ended up in English possession, was crossed to Kane, who volleyed it from the six yard box into the Scottish goal.  We all watched, crushed. Nobody Scottish will be running out to book a holiday to Russia next year, short of a miracle. 😦

Scotland v England tickets go on sale to public

Posted in World Cup 2018 with tags , on May 9, 2017 by Tartan Army Soldier

Tickets for the Scotland v England World Cup qualifier got on sale to the public today.

The SFA have revealed that a limited number of tickets will be made available to the public for Saturday’s clash with the Auld Enemy. A statement by the SFA said ” “A limited number of tickets will go on sale tomorrow at noon to the general public for the Scotland v England match on Saturday 10 June, kick-off 5pm”. After sales tot the Scotland Supporters Club, the North and West stands have sold-out, leaving seats available in the William Hill and East stands. Prices are £45 and £60 respectively.