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Scotland Game 2 2005

Football Aid Championship, Sunday 5th June, Hampden Park, Kick Off 14.00, att 175

SCOTLAND HOME 6 SCOTLAND AWAY 3


The players from Game 2 arrived in time to see the ecstatic players from Game 1, still high from the morning’s activities. This created a buzz of excitement, which reached fever pitch when the new arrivals met their Celebrity Captains for the day, ex-Internationals Paul Lambert (Home) and Gary McAllister (Away) after a tour of the stadium.

Again, the haunting cry of the bagpipes filled the air as the teams walked onto the sacred pitch. The crowd went wild and launched themselves wholeheartedly into a rousing round of ‘Flower of Scotland’. The game kicked off shortly after and proved itself to be every bit as spirited as Game 1 to the delight of the appreciative crowd.

The Away team roared into the first half with a goal in the first minute from striker Brian Ritchie. Refusing to be intimidated, the Home team fought back, deservedly earning their equaliser only 8 minutes later, from midfielder Steven Smith. The next twenty minutes saw a fantastic battle in the midfield, ferocious tackles and many unlucky missed opportunities for the two determined sides.

The deadlock broke in the 33rd minute thanks to a David Dishon strike. However, celebrations for the Home fans were short-lived as only minutes later, Away retaliated with a beauty from midfielder Jason Kane. Just before the half time whistle, the score line again seesawed in the Home side’s favour following a great header from Cameron Hood. A hard-fought 3-2 to Lambert’s troops at half time.

The Away team threw their men forward in the second half searching for an equaliser and finally broke through Lambert’s stoic defence in the 63rd minute with a goal from Robert Duff. However, the Home side soon took command of the game thanks to a tireless performance in defence and midfield by Cameron Hood. David Dishon enjoyed his second goal in the 70th minute after confidently rounding goalie David Bolton and Michael Robertson increased the lead, 10 minutes later. Away tried valiantly to fight back but David Dishon secured an emphatic victory for the Home side with his spectacular hat trick in the 83rd minute.

Man of the match went to the defensive dynamo with an eye for goal, Cameron Hood and goalie David Bolton for his magnificent saves that kept the Away team in the game.

As Andrew Sawers commented after the match, “Had an absolutely fantastic day! The build up and the hanging around the museum just built up the nerves a little bit more! The warm up with Gary McAllister was excellent with plenty of laughs as was waiting in the tunnel with the piper playing and the crowd noise coming through. I did the Ayr Utd one a few years ago but obviously playing at Hampden was far bigger and the attention to detail was great. The little things like the date on the shirts, drinks, some freebies were excellent. Walking along the line and shaking hands with the opposition before kick off before looking up to find I was shaking Paul Lamberts hand was surreal. Just one criticism – can you make the Hampden Park pitch a built smaller next time!”

Home Captain, Mark McCreery continued, “The whole day yesterday was superb, even though I never managed to score! The fact is I led my Scotland team out in the immaculate dark blue shirts wearing the No10, the captain's armband and my son at my side as mascot. Playing alongside Paul Lambert and against Gary McAllister was just fantastic AND we went on to record a 6-3 victory. It was a brilliant experience, a definite boyhood dream!”

Event Photography and Filming - Over 500 fantastic action photos of each match at Hampden are available from Matt Nuttall Photography, please visit his website for full order details – www.mattnuttallphotography.co.uk
In addition there is a superb DVD of each game available, these include footage of the pre-match build up as well as full match action and can be ordered by contacting Shane Wilkinson on tel - 07976 509335, or by e-mail at - neishka@blueyonder.co.uk
A percentage of all these sales will go towards Football Aid’s chosen charities.