Monday 18 December 2017

Three and easy for Scots after second-half comeback

Scotland 3
Wales 1

Wales striker Robbie Earnshaw celebrates in front of an empty stand after scoring during the Carling Nations Cup match against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium last night - Scotland won 3-1. Photo: Getty Images
Wales striker Robbie Earnshaw celebrates in front of an empty stand after scoring during the Carling Nations Cup match against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium last night - Scotland won 3-1. Photo: Getty Images

Andy Hampson at the Aviva stadium

Second-half goals from James Morrison, Kenny Miller and Christophe Berra helped Scotland come from behind for victory over Wales in last night's Carling Nations Cup clash in Dublin.

Scottish manager Craig Levein named a near full-strength side for the game. Steven Naismith and Ross McCormack were the only changes from the team which faced Brazil in March, replacing Alan Hutton and James McArthur.

By contrast, Wales boss Gary Speed left out most of his Premier League players, handing first starts to Neil Taylor and Owain Tudur Jones.

Aside from a decent-sized Scottish contingent at one end, the Aviva Stadium was sparsely populated.

Only around 150 Wales fans were estimated to have made the trip compared to around 2,500 from Scotland and there were few locals in the 50,000-capacity arena.

Speed's inexperienced side created the first opportunity of the evening for Andy King but the Leicester midfielder screwed his shot wide.

The Scots were caught out for the opener, however, as Neal Eardley launched a long punt forward on 36 minutes. Stand-in captain Rob Earnshaw, who scored a hat-trick against Scotland seven years ago, stole in and raced through to clip the ball over Allan McGregor.

After the break, Charlie Adam slid a superb through-ball to Morrison to equalise on 55 minutes -- a goal to celebrate his 25th birthday.

Wales were starting to look jaded and Morrison was played into a huge gap on the right by Steven Whittaker. He pulled the ball back for Miller to finish emphatically after 64 minutes.

With 20 minutes left, the icing was put on the cake by Berra. A fine cross from Whittaker was too deep for Boaz Myhill, but landed perfectly for Berra at the far post where he nodded home.

Irish Independent

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