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Played
February 9, 2011 7:45 PM GMT
Aviva Stadium — Dublin
Referee:‬ T. Connolly‎
Attendance:‬ 18742‎
 
 
Kenny Miller 19′
 
 
Kris Commons 51′
Top of the Match
Kris Commons
Kris Commons
Scotland
Flop of the Match
Grant McCann
Grant McCann
N. Ireland

Northern Ireland 0-3 Scotland: Miller, McArthur And Commons Ease Scots To Comfortable Home Nations Cup Victory

Scots join Republic at top of group

By Jake Watson

Carling Nations Cup,Kenny Miller,Northern Ireland vs Scotland(Getty Images)
Craig Levein will be delighted with his Scotland side as they eased passed a Northern Ireland team which was down to the bare bones after injuries to several key men to send them to the top of the Home Nation’s Cup alongside the Republic of Ireland.

Northern Ireland were without several key man prior to game with Chris Brunt, Maik Taylor, Kyle Lafferty, Sammy Clingan, Craig Cathcart, Jonny Evans and Aaron Hughes all unavailable for Nigel Worthington’s team.

Scotland fielded a strong looking side with Darren Fletcher and Scott Brown the only real notable absentees. Kenny Miller captained the side on his 52nd appearance.

A Northern Ireland side which was down to the bare bones were very keen to pass the ball around and came close to opening the scoring in the 10th minute when Pat McCourt played a neat through ball to Niall Mcginn whose shot was dealt with relatively easily by goalkeeper Alan McGregor

Scotland responded well when Phil Bardsley hit a long ball over the back of the Northern Irish defence to find Kris Commons who squared neatly to Kenny Miller but the stand in captain fired over

A trademark corner from Charlie Adam caused havoc in the Northern Irish defence and when it bounced off the knees of McCourt, Kenny Miller pounced to fire in from 2 yards out to celebrate his 52nd cap with a goal

Minutes later Scotland nearly scored again through another tremendous delivery from Adam, his corner was whipped in with pace which met the head of Steven Caldwell but his header clipped the top of the bar.

Scotland continued to press for the second and went close again from Commons after some great work from Bardsley. A neat one-two with James Morrison allowed Bardsley to deliver a cross straight to the feet of Commons and after taking on one he fired a shot which looked destined for the net only to find the large frame of Gareth McCauley block the shot

In the 32nd minute James McArthur scored to put Scotland in complete control of the game. McArthur scored his first ever goal for his country with a delightful lob over the goalkeeper from the edge of the area, though there will be a debate whether it was a cross come shot.

Scotland where in danger of running riot over Northern Ireland’s make shift team when Bardsley tested Tuffey from distance though Tuffey saved well to keep the score at just two.

Scotland started the second half with a bang when Kris Commons scored to put the Scots three nil up. A nice passing move involving Naismith and Adam played in Commons who slotted the ball comfortably through the goalkeeper’s legs.
Levein would have been delighted with the football in the build-up to the third goal which left the Northern Irish players unable to deal with the attacking flair of Scotland’s front men.

Scotland looked dangerous throughout the rest of the half with second half substitutes, Snodgrass and Bannan going particularly close.

It took till the 83rd minute for Northern Ireland to really test McGregor after he saved a header from Rory Patterson after some neat build-up play.

As they game went into the final 10 minutes without real chances for either side both teams made eased off with Scotland looking to rest their legs with the result secure while Northern Ireland were on damage limitation as they hope to welcome back some key men in their next fixture.




N. Ireland

12
Jonathan Tuffey
Goalkeeper
2.50
5
Stephen Craigan
Defender
66′
2.00
-
Gareth McAuley
Defender
2.00
6
Chris Baird
Defender
2.50
23
Rory McArdle
Midfielder
46′
2.00
-
Grant McCann
Midfielder
46′
2.00
8
Steven Davis
Midfielder
57′
2.50
31
Corry Evans
Midfielder
2.00
20
Paddy McCourt
Striker
2.00
14
Niall McGinn
Striker
72′
2.50
11
2.50

Scotland

3.00
1
Allan McGregor
Goalkeeper
3.50
2
3.00
16
0.00
13
3.50
6
Alan Hutton
Defender
4.00
15
Kris Commons
Midfielder
51′ 71′
0.00
16
James McArthur
Midfielder
32′
3.50
16
Charlie Adam
Midfielder
57′
3.00
7
3.50
9
3.00
14

Substitutes

1
Alan Blayney
Goalkeeper
0.00
2
Lee Hodson
Defender
46′
2.50
29
3.00
-
Oliver Norwood
Midfielder
57′
2.50
-
Liam Boyce
Striker
72′
2.50
9
2.50

Substitutes

0.00
13
Cameron Bell
Goalkeeper
0.00
31
0.00
22
0.00
5
3.00
12
Mark Wilson
Defender
57′
3.00
46
Barry Bannan
Midfielder
57′
2.50
6
Craig Conway
Midfielder
71′
3.00
7
0.00
7

Coach/Manager

-
0.00

Coach/Manager

0.00
-
 
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