Scotland 1-0 Northern Ireland

Friendly

Wed 25th March 2015
19:45

Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)
Att: 28,000

Scotland

Berra(85)


C Gordon (A McGregor 46)
S Whittaker (J Russell 78)
C Forsyth
G Greer
R Martin (C Berra 46)
J McArthur (J Morrison 63)
D Fletcher
M Ritchie
S Fletcher (J Rhodes 63)
S Maloney (S Naismith 46)
I Anya

 

Manager:
Gordon Strachan

 

FIFA Ranking: 39

Northern Ireland

M McGovern
P McNair
A Hughes
J Evans (L McCullough 81)
D Lafferty
C Baird (L Hodson 58)
O Norwood (S Davis 69)
J Magennis (B McKay 75)
B Reeves (R McLaughlin 70)
S Dallas
W Grigg (P McCourt 58)

 

FIFA Ranking: 43

 
Scotland
Northern Ireland
Shots At Goal
19
6
Shots On Target
9
0
Possession
60.3%
39.7%
Fouls
6
6
Corners
9
3
Offsides
1
0
Saves
0
8
Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
0
0
Source: Sky Sports
1 Craig Gordon (Celtic) (42 Caps) Age: 32
2 Steven Whittaker (Norwich City) (29 Caps) Age: 30
3 Craig Forsyth (Derby County) (2 Caps) Age: 26
4 Gordon Greer (Brighton & Hove Albion) (6 Caps) Age: 34
5 Russell Martin (Norwich City) (17 Caps) Age: 29
6 James McArthur (Crystal Palace) (18 Caps) Age: 27
7 Darren Fletcher (West Bromwich Albion) Captain (67 Caps) Age: 31
8 Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) (1 Cap) Age: 25
9 Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) (19 Caps) Age: 27
10 Shaun Maloney (Chicago Fire) (38 Caps) Age: 32
11 Ikechi Anya (Watford) (12 Caps) Age: 27
 
12 Allan McGregor (Hull City) (33 Caps) Age: 33
(Replaced Craig Gordon 46 min)
13 Johnny Russell (Derby County) (2 Caps) Age: 24
(Replaced Steven Whittaker 78 min)
15 Steven Naismith (Everton) (35 Caps) Age: 28
(Replaced Shaun Maloney 46 min)
18 Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) (12 Caps) Age: 25
(Replaced Steven Fletcher 63 min)
19 Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) (29 Caps) Age: 30
(Replaced Russell Martin 46 min)
24 James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) (36 Caps) Age: 28
(Replaced James McArthur 63 min)
 Yellow Card   Red Card   Double Booking   Goals Scored
(4-2-3-1)
Craig Gordon
Steven Whittaker
Russell Martin
Gordon Greer
Craig Forsyth
James McArthur
Darren Fletcher
Matt Ritchie
Shaun Maloney
Ikechi Anya
Steven Fletcher

Scotland made a bright start to the match.  It was only three minutes on the clock when Anya made a run down the wing and he cut back to Steven Fletcher who forced a save out of the Irish keeper McGovern.  Five minutes later, a shot by Anya was also saved by McGovern.  After quarter of an hour, Anya had another shot at goal, but this was wide of the post.  The same happened five minutes later, as Scotland were piling on the pressure.  After half an hour, Maloney played a great ball through to Steven Flether, but his shot was saved by the outrushing McGovern.  In the second half, Forsyth played a great ball into the box, for substitute Naismith to head just over the bar.  With 20 minutes remaining, Naismith latched onto a corner from Ritchie, but his header was saved.  With five minutes remaining, a corner from Ritchie met the head of Christophe Berra, and his downward header beat McGovern to give Scotland a deserving victory.  It was a game Scotland dominated and a non attack minded Irish team could not achieve a single shot on target.