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Scotland 2012

The City of Glasgow welcomed the Football Aid players and fans to Hampden Park, the Home of the Scottish National team and the venue for many hugely exciting Cup Finals, including the famous CL Final between Real Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen in 2002, where one of the finest players to grace the game, Zinedine Zidane, scored a volley that will live long in the history of the game. Former Scotland internationalists, John Collins, Danny McGrain and Pat Nevin volunteered their services for what was no less a special day for these die-hard Scotland fans, who were here Living the Dream.

Monday 28th May
Scotland Home vs Scotland Away
Kick Off: 18.30
Match Officials: Craig Winning, Tony Ventre and Paul Salina
Legends: John Collins, Danny McGrain and Pat Nevin

Led out by the awe inspiring pipe band, the two teams marched onto the pitch before the National Anthem engrossed the whole stadium. The weather had been kind to both teams, with the sun’s rays gleaming out across the immaculate pitch. It was game time.

The Home team kicked the game off, passing the ball fluently about the large pitch in the first couple of minutes. An unfortunate injury to the Home 10, Mark Ewen, forced the first substitute of the game, Feehan coming on as a replacement. After a patient start from both teams, the game suddenly ignited into life in the 5th min following a quick free-kick from the Away team which sparked the first goal. Pat Nevin was fouled outside the area after a tackle from an awkward angle brought him down. Not to dwell, he quickly sent a through ball to No 9 David Dishon, who crossed the ball to the back post where it was expertly nodded into the net by Scott Cormack. (0-1)

The Home team went in search of the equaliser and came close when Kenneth Cobb was sent through on goal with a delightful through ball, but the keeper was quickly off his line, bravely blocking the shot low with his legs.

Then in the 16th min the Away team extended their lead, courtesy of a fine header from right back Ian Midwinter following another set-piece, this time a corner from Roy Moffat. Questions will be asked about the Home team's defending, but take nothing Away from the full back who judged the trajectory of the ball to perfection, rising unopposed and sending the header into the net, off the ground. (0-2)

The Away team were impressive in pressurising the Home team, forcing them to give away possession in several instances. Up at the other end of the pitch the Away team, although not creating many chances, were far more effective in their possession, and they nearly had the ball in the net again. Douglas Moore was sent down the left  by Nevin, who subsequently sent a fine low cross to the near post which Scott Innes met but he was unable to hit the target, the ball possibly being a couple of yards too far in front of him.

The Home team were in desperate need of some inspiration and Legend John Collins did his best to provide it, skipping past a couple of challenges and sending a left footed shot on target, which the keeper saved comfortably. Again Collins tested the keeper a few minutes later from a free-kick outside the area, but the shot was too close to the keeper to trouble him.

As the game approached the end of the half, the Away team grabbed another goal, and what a goal it was! Roy Moffat sent the ball towards goal from way out on the left wing, and his curling 30-yard strike dipped over the keeper into the far corner of the net. There may be some debate as to whether he meant it, but to be fair to the No 10, he did appear to glance up towards the goal before unleashing the strike. (0-3)

The Home side came very close to grabbing a goal in the 43rd min. Captain Michael Curivan turned his marker easily after receiving a pass from Collins and sent a hard left-footed shot low towards goal. However, Away Keeper Steven West was equal to the effort, getting down low fast and pushing the shot to safety.

It was the last chance of the half and things were looking comfortable for the Away side going into the break. The Home team would need to improve immensely if they were to get something from this game.

Half-Time – Scotland International Home 0 - 3 Scotland International Away

Rather than defending their lead, the Away team took the game to the Home side in search of a fourth. Their ambition was rewarded only 3 mins into the 2nd half with an own goal putting them firmly in the lead. No 2 Midwinter dribbled the ball down the left before sending in an exquisite cross towards the far post with No 14 ready to attack. Confusion between the goalie and Richard Caplan saw the ball hit off the back of the otherwise impressive No 4's head and into the net. The defender looked bemused. (0-4)

The Home side desperately needed a goal, and they almost got it when Alan Gordon received a long pass from Collins, putting him on goal. The No 17 produced a nice bit of skill, dropping the shoulder to create space, but his shot lacked accuracy, and it went just wide of the right post.

It was a chance that was punished, as a few minutes later, in the 60th min, the ball was in the back of the net again, and this time a wicked deflection of a fierce shot from Douglas Moore sent the ball looping over the keeper and under the bar. Although fortunate, it was a deserving goal for the No 3, who had played well all game. (0-5)

The crowd were then treated to some lovely skill from the Home No 14 Mark Fowler, rolling the ball with his right foot; he then flicked the ball down the left for Cobb to run on to. It never led to any chance, but it was worthy of the hearty applause it received.

The Away team continued to create several half chances, Brian Dunn coming close with a couple of long shots which sailed just wide.  

The game was coming to the final stages, and the Away side came close to rounding off an impressive performance with a sixth goal. The energetic Moore took the ball down the left, evading a couple of challenges, before charging the box and sending a low cross into the path of David Dishon, however the all time Football Aid Scotland goal-scorer couldn’t quite get his shot on target this time!

The Home team were then given a penalty in the 80th min, allowing them their best chance so far of grabbing a goal. The decision came about following a nice run down the right flank by Fowler, who then cut across to Dunn, who was then tripped by Gordon Clark just as he was about to pull the trigger.

However, it just wasn’t to be the Home team’s day, as Steven West produced a stunning save from Alan Gordon’s penalty. There was nothing wrong with the penalty, it was struck hard towards the far right corner, however the keeper guessed right and made a wonderful save.

Soon after a great diving block from Home Captain Curivan prevented a vicious shot from Nevin hitting the target, it was a great piece of bravery so late in the game.

Innes then had the ball in the back of the net moments later for the Away team, but his celebrations were cut short when the offside flag was raised. It was a tight call but the replays showed the officials got the decision right.

That was the last real chance of the game, the referee bringing an end to what was in the end a fairly comfortable victory for the Away team. However the Home team can be proud with their efforts and especially the amount of hard work they put into the game, and the fact their heads never went down. Congratulations to the Away side, passing the ball about comfortably and taking their chances well. A great occasion for everyone involved...not many people can say they have played for their country - what an achievement.  

Full-Time: Scotland International Home 0 – 5 Scotland International Away

Man of the Match Home: Ian Gillon
Man of the Match Away: Douglas Moore
Moment of the Match: Steven West

Home Team: Chris Orrin, Andy Barton, John Collins, Richard Caplan, Ian Gillon, Michael Curivan (C), Chris Boyce, Craig McGeough, Kenneth Cobb, Mark Ewen, Craig Denholm, Mark Fowler, Mark Feehan, Gordon Clark, Alan Gordon
Mascot: Shay Gillon

Away Team: Steven West, Ian Midwinter, Pat Nevin, Alan Mentiply, Chris Willson, Scott Innes, Douglas Moore, Scott Cormack, David Dishon, Roy Moffat, Joan McTell (C), Jamie Florence, Craig Livingstone, Michael Clarke, Brian Dunn
Manager: Danny McGrain
Mascot: Logan Moffat