Scotland 3 - Faroe Islands 0
With at least 7 newcomers to the senior Scotland side it was a do or die game for the Tartan Army.
Scotland manager Craig Levein had to do a lot of shuffling after a number of injury calls left him with a bare squad, but this helped to bring in many newcomers including U-21 stars Wilson and Bannan. Garry Kenneth and Stephen Crainey returned to the squad with Scotland looking the most settled side.
Holding possession and making openings in Faroe’s defence, in the 8th minute the home side were almost on the end of a surprise. The visitors then won a free kick 25 yards out, Jann Ingi Peterson stepped up and bounced his shot off the bar.
Scotland responded to this by advancing into the Faroe’s side, Shaun Maloney gave a succession of crosses and passes from the left of the field and gave Scotland a roaring chance in the opening period when he found Commons at the back post, however the wingers header across back at goal didn’t meet any dark blue jerseys.
In the 24th minute, Darren Fletcher had his shot cleared, which gave Scotland a corner kick and it was from there Scotland took the lead with Charlie Adam swinging the ball for Wilson to score his first International goal: 1-0
Within 7 minutes Scotland doubled their lead, again from a corner kick from the right of the field, Adam’s cross was blocked but he managed to pick the ball and played it low for Commons to flick the ball into the near post: 2-0
Bannan started to dominate in the game after starting quiet. He nearly got himself onto the score sheet with a low drive that h it the post. In the 44th minute Bannan turned provider, crossing the ball from the right coming off Wilson and falling at the feet of Mackie who fired a shot at close range: 3-0
In the 2nd half Scotland continued to outclass their opponents, but without the cutting edge of the first half. Crainey gave a powerful free kick and Mackie shot wide from 20 yards. The Faroe’s committed to defending and kept clear chances to a minimum.
The home side were holding possession, but a raft of subs took away their flow. In the 58th minute, Bannan almost scored to mark a fine performance whe he managed to head a cross from Commons. Maloney almost gave Scotland a 4th goal, but shot wide of an open goal 5 minutes later.
As the match began to draw to a close the visitors did give their awe with a chance on goal in the 85th minute, Cammy Bell, who replaced Craig Gordon, got down to save.
With no further goals, but with the home side finishing how they started, they could reflect on a job well done. Levein will have to do a lot of thinking after his side’s win. A strong performance from Scotland against a weak Faroe Islands.
Here’s hoping Levein can keep this going for Scotland to become the International side they once were.