Scotland Sink Northern Ireland 3-0 in Dublin

Kenny Miller on target for Scotland

Kenny Miller on target for Scotland

Scotland ran out emphatic winners in their opening Carling Cup Nations clash with Northern Ireland, running out 3-0 winners thanks to goals from, Kenny Miller, Shaun Maloney, and Kris Commons.

Scotland were ahead on the 19th minute courtesy of Captain Kenny Miller, after harlie Adam once again produced an un-defendable corner into the box, which was flicked on by Phil Bardsley before taking a deflection and landing at the feet of Miller, to fire home for Scotland.

The injury toll for Worthington’s Northern Ireland was clear to see, as Scotland enjoyed much more of the possession and looked more comfortable on the ball.

Scotland’s fine work paid off in the 32nd minute when McArthur made it 2-0 with a dink like effort from the edge of the box, which Tuffey was unable to control, it is debatable whether McArthur meant it.

Nevertheless Scotland continued to dominate, with Charlie Adam not surprisingly at the centre of everything for Craig Levin’s men.

It could have been three or four nil to the Scotland at half time, and Nigel Worthington was delighted to hear the half time whistle.

However, the second half began as the first ended, with Scotland playing the ball around and looking for a third.

Scotland got their reward in the 51st minute through Kris Commons, after he finished past Tuffey following a nice move involving Morrison and Naismith.

Scotland were comfortable after scoring their third goal, and the game was well and truly over on the hour mark.

Craig Levin will be very happy with what he seen from his side tonight, as they move level on points with the Republic of Ireland, having also scored the same amount of goals as the Irish.

However, Nigel Worthington will be left to rue the absentees in squad due to injury, as he will have some work to do to prepare his side for their next Euro 2012 qualifier.

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