Saturday, November 14, 2009

Wales 3-0 Scotland

There will be some debate about whether Wales were good or Scotland were bad after this match. The truth is, it was a bit of both.

I went to the match expecting a tough game, even though it was a friendly. Scotland's performances of late have been decent, and Wales had a really young looking side - no Giggs, Bellamy and some of the other older players around.

The visitors could have gone two up inside five minutes slicing the Welsh defence open, only for Hennessy to make good stops. After that, it was all Wales, with the impressive former Bluebird Aaron Ramsey pulling the strings. He set up the first goal from Edwards after an impressive 1-2 and cross from the right wing. On half an hour, Simon Church slotted home after another good move to make it 2-0, before Ramsey ran through the Scottish midfield and defence to slot home past Cardiff City keeper David Marshall to make it 3-0. It should have been 4-0 minutes later but Marshall saved well, although Wales had a great shout for a penalty turned away by the Swiss ref.

In the second half the inevitable substitutes disrupted the flow of the game, but Wales almost scored another only for Marshall to foul outside his box when one on one with Vokes. In a competitive game it would have been red, but he got away with a yellow.

The introduction of Cardiff City hero Ross McCormack injected some life into Scotland, and he almost beat Hennessy with a sublime chip, but the keeper tipped over the bar. He then made two saves in quick succession to keep a clean sheet.

Scotland were poor - no doubt about it, but Wales's youngsters looked sharp, at ease with the ball at their feet and played some great football. They were by far the hungrier of the two sides. A great result for the boyo's.

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