Archive for May, 2011

Republic of Ireland 1 – 0 Scotland

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on May 31, 2011 by Tartan Army Soldier

Scotland suffered its only defeat in the Carling Nations Cup on Sunday, finishing tournament runner-up. The deciding Republic of Ireland v Scotland match finished 1-0 in favour of the hosts.

Both teams started the match with an unbeaten tournament record. With 2 victories each, both needing a victory to secure victory in the inaugural tournament.

Compared to previous matches the Irish were stronger and the Scottish weaker. Ireland added the experienced Darren O’Dea, Keith Fahey, Stephen Hunt and Liam Lawrence. Meanwhile Scotland had lost the in-form James Morrison and the experience of Gary Caldwell to injury.

Both teams started well. The ball was sent towards goal nets at both ends. However it was the Irish who broke the deadlock after some unfortunately loose playing by Scotland.

Robbie Keane was the man who broke the deadlock. Advancing from the centre of the field he kicked from the edge of the penalty box sending the ball under McGregor giving Keane his 49th goal for Ireland. 23 minutes gone and Scotland were a goal down. Despite some shots at the Irish goal from Adam and Naismith that was how the first half ended.

Envigorated by their lead the Irish started the second half enthusiastically. The hosts continued to pressure Scotland who held off further advances.

Play picked up when Barry Bannan replaced an injured Adam. However it was not enough an the match ended Republic of Ireland 1 – 0 Scotland.

Wales v Scotland result – Wales 1 – 3 Scotland

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on May 26, 2011 by Tartan Army Soldier

Scotland are only one match away from winning the Carling Nations Cup. After a 3-1 victory over Wales, there is now only one game left to play, and it could lead to some nice silver.

We were back at The Three Kings. The atmosphere wasn’t exactly electric, but we had beer and we were were hopeful that Scotland could continue their recently improved form.

Scotland’s recent history against the Welsh hasn’t been good. The last two meetings have ended with Wales victorious. Added to the fact that we haven’t got the better of Wales since 1984, there wasn’t an overwhelming expectation for Scotland to win. Fortunately the 27 drought was about to end.

The game started a bit slowly but it soon picked up. Both teams had chances, coming close to scoring on a number of occasions. Unfortunately, it was Wales who broke the deadlock. After pressing hard against the Scotland team captain Earnshaw earned himself what was surely an inevitable goal. Taking advantage of a dire header by left-back Crainey past he seized the ball and sent it flying past Allan McGregor to put Wales into the lead.

The second half saw a much improved Scotland effort. Having been booed off at the end of the first half they seemed fired up and had certainly upped their game. An it paid off. Only 10 minutes in and James Morrison send the ball into the Wales netting, bringing the score level.

Wales made some changes, but Scotland were on a roll. Morrison set up a second goal, pulling the ball back to allow Miller to put Scotland into the lead. It was 2-1 in Scotland’s favour. But more was to come.

Only a further six minutes had passed when Scotland moved further ahead. Whittaker’s struck a pinpoint cross that connected with Christophe Berra, who headed the ball past the far post. 3-1! Fantastic! And that was how it ended. Superb result.

The scene is now set for Scotland to play the Republic of Ireland on Sunday. If they win the Carling Nations Cup will be heading to Glasgow. I’ll be in Scotland then, and intend to find somewhere to watch it with my brother and other fans.

Spain v Scotland venue confirmed

Posted in Euro 2012, Tartan Army on May 14, 2011 by Tartan Army Soldier

The Spanish FA have confirmed the venue for the Spain v Scotland match in October. The game will be played in the Costa Blanca, at the Estadio Rico Perez stadium in Alicante.

This is almost perfect. The Costa Blanca is a fantastic place. I’ve been to Alicante a couple of times and its got excellent bars and great nightlife. And if everywhere is crowded out I’m sure there will be plenty of beach parties going on. Going there will be a stack of fun.

There could be a lot riding on this match. It’s Scotland’s final game in the Euro 2012 qualifiers, and if we go there needing points it going to be the toughest match ever. The tensions will be stratospheric. Going up against the world champions will not be easy. Hopefully that won’t be the case. That said, it would be so good to see Scotland get some points against Spain.

Whatever the scenario, I’m hoping to get over there. I’ll be straight in there as soon as tickets are available.