Copa Libation: Scotland v Ireland

Drink:     Bacardi and Sprite

Snack:     Blue Diamond Almonds                 Lightly Salted

Ireland came to Celtic Park with seven points after their dramatic draw at home with Germany last month while Scotland had earned only four points.  There was a great noise from the crowd the entire match, which created a great atmosphere.

Let me just say that I loved both sets of kits. Scotland wore a more muted, metallic blue rather than the shiny, glossy navy blue of Umbro and Diadora days.  A nice burgundy color was used to trim the shirt and provide the full color on the socks (Photo courtesy of Football Shirt Culture).  Ireland’s strip of a white shirt, green shorts and white socks provided a nice contrast (Photo courtsey of Football Republic and just imagine the shorts are the same color as the trim on the socks).

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ireland 2 ireland 1

It was all action start with lots of energy and not much quality.  Once the teams settled down, the game got, if not good, interesting.  The Scottish fans booed McGeady’s (Scotman playing for Ireland who left Celtic) every move and he struggled, committing a rough foul on Stephen Fletcher 15 minutes in and got a yellow. Former United man Darren Gibson held down the middle for the Irish but I was shocked by his shaved head.  Not a good look. Robbie Keane started on the bench but Shane Long had some nice hold up play.

Anya and Mulgrew impressed me for the Scots.  Anya was very direct on the left hand side going against Coleman, while Mulgrew showed strength, vision and a decent touch shielding the defense. Scotland turned the screw at the half hour mark and should have scored at least one goal in the first half.

In the second half, it was more of the same with Scotland having the upper hand but finding no opening.  Both managers went to the bench in search of something but it was a clever corner kick with 15 minutes to go that separated the teams as Maloney took a flick from Brown just inside the penalty area and buried it in the side netting. Robbie Keane was sent on and set pieces got Ireland back into the match, with a chance hitting the cross bar with 90 seconds to go but O’Neill’s men couldn’t find the equalizer.

Not a great game but both teams really put in an effort.  The Serbian ref did all he could to keep 22 players on the field because there were several dangerous challenges throughout the match.

Group D now looks like this:

Teams P W D L F A +/- Pts
Poland Poland 4 3 1 0 15 2 13 10
Germany Germany 4 2 1 1 7 4 3 7
Scotland Scotland 4 2 1 1 5 4 1 7
Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland 4 2 1 1 10 3 7 7
Georgia Georgia 4 1 0 3 4 7 -3 3
Gibraltar Gibraltar 4 0 0 4 0 21 -21 0

All to play for.

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