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Maloney earns Scotland win against Ireland

Published: Friday 14 November 2014, 22.45CET
Scotland 1-0 Republic of Ireland
Former Celtic FC forward Shaun Maloney, back at his old ground, scored to take Scotland level on points with Ireland in Group D.
by Frank Burns
from Celtic Park

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Match statistics

ScotlandRepublic of Ireland

Goals scored1
 
0
Possession (%)56
 
44
Total attempts13
 
10
on target2
 
4
off target6
 
3
blocked5
 
3
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners3
 
8
Offsides0
2
Yellow cards2
 
5
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed10
 
17
Fouls suffered17
 
10

Standings

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Published: Friday 14 November 2014, 22.45CET

Maloney earns Scotland win against Ireland

Scotland 1-0 Republic of Ireland
Former Celtic FC forward Shaun Maloney, back at his old ground, scored to take Scotland level on points with Ireland in Group D.

Shaun Maloney scores a 75th-minute winner to settle an even encounter
Ireland denied by the crossbar deep into second-half added time
Scotland move level with Ireland on seven points, three behind Group D leaders Poland
Next games: Scotland v Gibraltar, Republic of Ireland v Poland (29 March)

Scotland's hopes of reaching UEFA EURO 2016 have been given a major boost after Shaun Maloney's 75th-minute goal earned a 1-0 win against Group D rivals Republic of Ireland in Glasgow.

This was the Scots' first match at Celtic Park since 1996 and witnessed two former Bhoys managers, Gordon Strachan and Martin O'Neill, return to the stadium they once called home.

Play flowed from end to end from the offset, and though the capacity crowd of 59,239 roared the Scots forward at every opportunity, it was the hosts' David Marshall who initially proved the busier of the two keepers. True to recent form, the Cardiff City AFC No1 dealt calmly with long-range efforts from Jon Walters and Darron Gibson, and it was not long before Strachan's side began taking a grip on proceedings.

The Scots certainly finished the first half in the ascendancy, although with lone striker Steven Fletcher expertly marshalled by the Irish defence, it was left to two defensive players to provide the potency. Charlie Mulgrew was the first to threaten, heading powerfully wide from 12 metres, and right-back Steven Whittaker soon picked up the baton, testing David Forde's reflexes with a left-foot shot.

However, it was with renewed purpose that the visitors started the second period and, after Shane Long had nodded into the arms of Marshall, Glasgow-born Aiden McGeady very nearly silenced his home city. The Everton FC winger came within a whisker with a left-foot effort that flashed centimetres wide.

However, it was another former Celtic player who ultimately made the difference. Maloney had struggled to make an impact but following a well-worked short corner, and a clever flick into his path by Scott Brown, the Wigan Athletic FC forward curled an perfect first-time shot just inside the far post from the angle of the box.

Last updated: 02/06/15 6.59CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2013894/postmatch/report/index.html#scotland+beat+ireland

Lineups

Scotland

Scotland

Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

1
MarshallDavid Marshall (GK)
1
FordeDavid Forde (GK)
2
WhittakerSteven Whittaker
2
ColemanSeamus Coleman
Yellow Card59
3
MulgrewCharlie Mulgrew
3
WardStephen Ward
4
R. MartinRussell Martin
4
O'SheaJohn O'Shea (C)
5
HanleyGrant Hanley
Yellow Card12
7
McGeadyAiden McGeady
Yellow Card15
6
MaloneyShaun Maloney
Goal75
8
HendrickJeff Hendrick
Yellow Card30
Substitution78
8
BrownScott Brown (C)
9
LongShane Long
Substitution68
9
S. FletcherSteven Fletcher
Substitution56
11
McCleanJames McClean
Yellow Card78
10
NaismithSteven Naismith
14
GibsonDarron Gibson
Substitution68
11
AnyaIkechi Anya
Substitution88
19
WaltersJon Walters
15
RobertsonAndrew Robertson
Yellow Card82
22
KeoghRichard Keogh

Substitutes

12
GordonCraig Gordon (GK)
16
RandolphDarren Randolph (GK)
14
BerraChristophe Berra
5
ClarkCiaran Clark
16
DorransGraham Dorrans
6
ChristieCyrus Christie
17
BannanBarry Bannan
10
KeaneRobbie Keane
Substitution78
18
GreerGordon Greer
12
MeylerDavid Meyler
19
D. FletcherDarren Fletcher
Substitution88
13
PilkingtonAnthony Pilkington
20
BurkeChris Burke
15
McGoldrickDavid McGoldrick
21
GilksMatthew Gilks (GK)
17
BradyRobbie Brady
Substitution68
22
RussellJohnny Russell
18
QuinnStephen Quinn
Substitution68
Yellow Card90
23
C. MartinChris Martin
Substitution56
20
PearceAlex Pearce
21
MurphyDaryl Murphy
23
GivenShay Given (GK)

Coach

Gordon Strachan (SCO) Martin O'Neill (IRL)

Referee

Milorad Mažić (SRB)

Assistant referees

Milovan Ristić (SRB), Dalibor Djurdjević (SRB)

Fourth official

Dejan Petrović (SRB)

Additional assistant referees

Danilo Grujić (SRB), Dejan Filipovic (SRB)

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