Scotland under 21's deservedly won the game against their Northern Ireland counterparts at Firhill tonight. 3-1 was the final score but Scotland really controlled the game from the start. Leigh Griffiths, Paul Hanlon and Nicholas Ross got the Scotland goals with Eunan O'Kane replying the the visitors. Nearly two thousand souls braved the cold weather to see the game and were rewarded by a comfortable performance by Billy Stark's charges. Scotland were not really trouble by the visitors before the first goal of the evening was scored by Griffiths (Dundee). He was fed the ball out on the left in the 12th minutes and looked to be shaping to cross the ball for a teammate running in on the right. However, as 'keeper Wayne Drummond (Rangers) moved to try to narrow the angle while also looking to cover any pass, Griffiths elected to shoot and the ball fizzed past the man with the gloves despairing dive to his left. The goal was justified as Griffiths appear to have a roving commission to work alone and cause as much trouble to the Irish defence as possible. he did seem to have a number of tricks which confused the defence but then so did a number of the Scottish side. They were comfortable on the ball, willing runners and moving for each other. next up to test Drummond was Hearts' Craig Thomson. The Northern Ireland managed to get the ball out of danger, or so they thought, from a corner only for Thomson, 25 yards out, to send the ball directly back into the 'keeper welcoming arms. Drummond was the busier keeper as next up, John Fleck (Rangers) fired in a great shot only to see Drummond dive and tip it round the post. The Irish equaliser came in the 34th minute when a short corner was passed to O'Kane who moved to the edge of the penalty box before sending in a cross-cum-shot which beat Jamie Barclay (Falkirk) in the Scotland goal.
Subs: Deane, Lavery, Boyce, Clucas, Bagnall, Carson, Brennan
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