Irish fall to single strike


Steven Thompson smashed in the winning goal as Scotland's under-21s earned victory over their Republic of Ireland counterparts in Elgin last night. And it was Celtic's Mark Burchill whose header set up Dundee United striker Thompson's 45th-minute volley.

The Irish threatened an equaliser when Danny Boxall found time and space in the area, but the Brentford defender hooked his shot well over the bar.

SCOTLAND: Gallacher, R Anderson, Naysmith, Hughes, Wilson, Buchan, Campbell (Teale 46), Burchill (Rae 83), Thompson, Brebner, I Anderson (O'Brien 58). Subs Not Used: Alexander, Nicholson, Lauchlan, Lauchlan. Goals: Thompson 45.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: O'Reilly, Boxall, Maybury, Quinn, Hawkins, Worrell, McPhail, Fenn, Lee (Conlon 66), Rowlands, Mahon (McKeever 50). Subs Not Used: Ryan, McClare, Ferguson, O'Connor, Folan.

Referee: M McCurry (Glasgow).