Two goals in the last five minutes of the game gave Scotland a 2-nil victory over Northern Ireland in the British International Soccer Championship match played in Glasgow's Hampden Park today (Saturday).
SV PULL OUT TO GV Northern Ireland kicking off in second half and attacking Scotland goal.
SV Nelson in possession & passes to No. 4 who shoots at goal but misses
SCU Deugan running back
GTV Scotland in possession and attacking Irish goal.
SV Law in possession & passes to Gemmill (11) who passes to Graham, Rice intercepts but Lerimer picks up his back pass & makes move toward goal-Goalkeeper Jennings moves to edge of penalty & slips as Lorimer crosses to Law for a high score kick
SV Law being congratulated
GV Ireland kick off and play in midfield
GV Crowd - Scottish supporters cheering
GV Irish attacking
GV Jackson shoots at goal and is intercepted by Moncur and Gemmill picks up loose ball and takes it up field and passes to Law who crosses to Lorimer who shoots across and scores in corner of goal
CU Lorimer being congratulated and crowd cheer.
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Background: Two goals in the last five minutes of the game gave Scotland a 2-nil victory over Northern Ireland in the British International Soccer Championship match played in Glasgow's Hampden Park today (Saturday).
The Irish team, playing minus star player George Best, put up a tenacious fight in front of 40,000 fans--and Goalkeeper Pat Jennings was outstanding in defence. But and error by Pat Rica allowed Lorimer to set up a cross for Denis Law to score while Jennings was still out of the goal after a slip. Then, in the last seconds of injury time Archie Gemmill picked up a loose ball for a clear run across midfield, a pass to Law who crossed to Peter Lorimer of him to take a long-range ground shot which deceived Jennings and slipped in just inside the post.
The Irish were undoubtedly feeling the loss of Best-who was in Marbella, Spain, following a dramatic failure to turn up for training earlier this week. He is reported as being about to give up professional soccer. The second disadvantage suffered b he Irish was that their lanky Striker Derek Dougan, although ostensibly recovered from a thigh injury received in Wednesday's UEFA Cup Final, did not seem to be in form and twice failed to score.
SYNOPSIS: Northern Ireland kick-off in the second half of the British International Soccer Championship against Scotland in Glasgow on Saturday. Following a hard-fought no-goal first half , the Irish put on the pressure and attacked the Scottish goal--but a weak long-range shot was let pass by Striker Derek Dougan and was easily intercepted by Goalkeeper Clark.
Dougan, just recovered from a recent thing injury, was not in top form as Scotland took up the attack on the Irish goal.
Scotland's Denis Law in possession the a neat pass to Cemmill to Graham, who is intercepted by Rice...and the mistake which may have cost Ireland the game--Rice's back pass falls short, and Lorimer picks it up as Jennings moves to the edge of the penalty area and slips, leaving the way clear for Lorimer to cross to Law, who kicks high for the first goal only five minutes form time.
As Law is congratulated, it could not pass unnoticed that the Irish, while putting up a tough fight, were feeling the absence of Star George Best, who was in Spain after having dramatically failed to turn up for training earlier in the week amid steadily growing rumours that he would be quitting professional football. To the thousands of Scottish fans among the crowd of forty thousand, the Best absence was good news. But to the Irish team, it was a large ???p in their line of attack.
In spite of a valiant last-ditch attempt in injury time, Jackson failed to break the Scottish defence--and Moncur intercepted, then Gemmili picked up the loose ball and took it unopposed up field, passing to Law who crossed to Lerimer for him to take a longrange ground shot which deceived Jennings and slipped in just inside the post. A two-nil victory to a jubilant Scotland.