Ireland win Nations Cup

by Setanta Staff , 29 May 2011

Robbie Keane scored his 49th international goal, as Ireland beat Scotland 1-0 to win the Carling Nations Cup at the Aviva Stadium.


Robbie Keane scored his 49th international goal, as Ireland beat Scotland 1-0 to win the Carling Nations Cup at the Aviva Stadium.

His goal was a cracker, with a fine run from the halfway line at the Scotland defence, before slamming a shot from 20 yards past Allan McGregor. In truth, the fault was with the Scotland goalkeeper, who allowed Keane's shot to squirm under his body and into he goal.

Whilst the Ireland skipper soaked up the love of the half-full stadium, Stephen Hunt and the majority of his colleagues rushed to congratulate Paul McShane, who had instigated the move with a lovely stepover on the halfway line.

It was certainly appreciated by the crowd, who chanted 'Messi' any time the Wicklow man came near the ball from then on.

Scotland had their moments in the match, with Phil Bardsley hitting the crossbar with an ambitious shot from 35 yards in the first half that Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given got a touch onto.

Kenny Miller thought that he should have had a penalty in the second period when bundled off the ball in the penalty area. Referee Mark Whitby was having none of it and showed a deserved yellow card for the Scotland skipper's over-the-top protestations.

Before that, Ireland striker Simon Cox should really have done better when released by a quick Hunt free-kick that caught the Scotland defence napping, only to shoot across goal and wide.

The final chance of the game though Miller, when he held off a bumbling Stephen Kelly challenge to gain himself a chance at goal, only to shoot wide of Shay Given.

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