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Carling Nations Cup: Wales 1-3 Scotland

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Scotland had to come from a goal behind to secure a 3-1 victory over a second string Welsh side, to set up a Final clash with the Republic of Ireland on Sunday, with the winner of that tie earning the right to lift the inaugural Carling Nations Cup trophy.

Despite Scotland naming a strong starting XI, they found themselves a goal down after half an hour. Robert Earnshaw pounced on shoddy defending from Stephen Crainey and after slipping the ball past Scott Brown, he ran clear and fired past Allan McGregor in the Scotland goal.

Into the Second Half, and Scotland stepped up their game. Just ten minutes after the break, James Morrison collected a ball from Charlie Adam before scoring past Boaz Myhill to draw Scotland level.

And goalscorer turned provider when Morrison set up Kenny Miller to give Scotland a lead nine minutes later. The game was over on the 70 minute mark, when Christophe Berra nodded home a Steven Whittaker cross.

A raft of substitutions were made in the closing stages of the game, and Scotland saw out the game to set up a clash with the Republic that will decide where the inaugural Carling Nations Cup trophy will head too.

While it was a win for Scotland, they must up their performance on Sunday against the Republic otherwise the trophy will stay in Dublin.

Match Information

Scotland XI: McGregor, Whittaker, G Caldwell, Berra, Crainey, Naismith, Brown, Adam, Morrison, McCormack, Miller.
Subs: Gilks, McArthur, Bardsley, Wilson, Robson, Forrest, Bannan, Maguire, Martin, Hanley, Turner.

Wales XI: Myhill, Eardley, Morgan, Blake, Taylor, Dorman, Tudur Jones, King, Easter, Earnshaw, Vokes.
Subs: Hennessey, Gunter, Collins, Gabbidon, Vaughan, Ramsey, Matthews, Cotterill, Morrison, Collison, Bellamy, Price.

Man of the Match: Charlie Adam (Scotland)

Referee: Raymond Crangle (Northern Ireland)

Attendance: Check the Photo at the top of the article. It’s about right.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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