Scotland v Northern Ireland | Match Report

Scotland v Northern Ireland: 

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Event: International Friendly Match

Venue: Hampden Park, Glasgow

Scotland v Northern Ireland
Credit: Sky Sports


Scotland 0-1 Northern Ireland

Goal Scorer:

Northern Ireland: Conor Bradley (32′)

Team Updates:

Scotland’s coach Steve Clarke made two adjustments from the previous game against the Netherlands: Liam Cooper came in for Ryan Porteous, and Lyndon Dykes replaced Lawrence Shankland at the forefront.

Billy Gilmour marked his 25th appearance for Scotland starting in midfield, while Stuart Armstrong achieved his 50th cap coming off the bench in the second half.

Match Summary:

On a freezing night at Hampden Park, the Scottish team faced Northern Ireland for the second friendly of the international break.

The game started with Scotland generating multiple near-miss chances within 10 minutes. Following this, the match evolved into a tightly contested battle for control in the midfield area.

Northern Ireland broke the deadlock at the 32-minute mark with Conor Bradley capturing the ball from Scotland’s defense, navigating into the box, and curling a fantastic shot into the top right corner.

In the second half, Scotland increased its offensive efforts, with Lewis Ferguson becoming prominently involved. Despite numerous attempts, including Ferguson’s blocked shot and a close header, Scotland couldn’t find the back of the net.

Scotland’s push continued with several attempts, notably Ferguson’s near-goal moments, but Northern Ireland’s goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell kept them at bay.

Upcoming Matches:

The Scotland team will regroup in June for friendlies against Gibraltar (away on June 3) and Finland (home on June 7) as they prepare for the European Championship in Germany.

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Player Line-ups:

Scotland: Gunn, Robertson (Ferguson 36′), McTominay, Cooper, Tierney, McGinn (Armstrong 77′), Dykes (Adams 69′), Christie (Shankland 77′), Hendry, Gilmour (McLean 69′), Patterson. Unused Subs: Kelly, Clark, Gordon, Ralston, Porteous, Souttar, Taylor.

Northern Ireland: Peacock-Farrell, Hume, Toal, Ballard, Spencer, McNair, McCann (Thompson 86′), Charles, Bradley (Smyth 82′), Price (McMenamin 82′), Reid (Magennis 57′). Unused Subs: Hazard, Southwood, Donnelly, Brown, Lane, Boyd-Munce, Marshall, Lavery.


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