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Scotland Game 1 2006

Saturday 20th May, Hampden Park

Scotland (Home) 5 Scotland (Away) 0

A double from Dishon helped Scotland Home cruise to a commanding win over Rough’s Away side in the first leg of the Football Aid Scotland International.

Despite both teams starting brightly, an own goal by defender Black in the 11th minute put the Away team firmly on the back foot in the first half. From there, it was one-way traffic with the chances flowing in for the Home side.

Striker Dishon was denied in the 18th minute after keeper Scouller pulled off a magnificent diving save and five minutes later, Hyslop was similarly frustrated as Scouller athletically tipped the midfielder’s effort over the bar.

The breakthrough occurred in the 35th minute with a beautifully constructed goal that typified Home’s flowing style. Dishon gained possession just inside the box and smoothly rounded Scouller to double Home’s lead.

Minutes before half time, Dishon was on the attack once again. With twists and turns reminiscent of Archie Gemmell in 1978, the striker skipped through the Away defence but a vigilant Scouller aggressively blocked his strong shot.

Despite enjoying a few chances early on in the second half, with substitute McLaren coming the closest, failure to find that telling final ball was ultimately the downfall for the Away side.

The Home team showed no signs of letting up, blazing into the game and lengthening their lead in the 67th minute. This time Taylor forced the ball home from close range, pouncing on a rebound after Scouller failed to hold a good save.

A penalty in the 73rd minute was expertly saved by an under used Glennie to deny Away their first goal and Home swiftly retaliated with another aggressive attack which saw centre mid Christie push the ball over, after an exciting goal line stramash, to make it 4-0.

Dishon rounded off the days scoring, jabbing in a Thorpe cross to secure his double and underline an emphatic victory to a triumphant Home side.

As Mark Szcuka commented after the match, "Scotland winning 5-0 at Hampden! There's something you don't see very often! Seriously though, it was a tremendous experience and a great day all round for a great cause. Thank you Football Aid for memories that will stay with me forever."