Scotland Miss Their Chance
Despite knowing what they had to do to win the tournament on homeground, Scotland could not do enough to overcome the Auld Enemy in the sun at Princess Royal Park in Banff. Scotland lost 3-1 which allowed Wales to win the semi-pro Four Nations tournament for the second time in three seasons. Wales had beaten Ireland 4-1 in Inverurie earlier in the day to top the table with 7 points. Scotland could not do the necessary and ended up with four points, while England and Ireland only managed to gather three points apiece.
Scotland took the early lead in 12 minutes after Stuart McKay was brought down by John Sedgemore for a penalty. Mike Stephen stepped up and made no mistake as he sent the ball into the corner of the net. However, another penalty levelled the score after the referee ruled handball against Bryan Dlugonski. England’s Steve Guinan placed it to the keepers left to bring his side back into the game. Worse was to follow for Scotland as a minute later England took the lead through Glenn Southam. A long ball through was only partially cleared by Ross Archibald and the Dagenham and Redbridge midfielder flicked it over the defender then finished with aplomb. Soon after Liam Hatch showed England had plenty of quality in their side when he got the ball at the touchline, turned back onto his right foot and curled it beyond Andy Shearer in to the bottom corner to cap a remarkable turn around. Scotland had few chances to reduce the deficit, and despite having an extra man for most of the second half, after scorer Glenn Southam was sent off, they found it hard to make inroads into the deficit.
Ger Harley (firstname.lastname@example.org)