Scotland secure third place with win against Pakistan
Scotland secured third place at the IFA U17’s World Cup following a thrilling 12-6 victory over Pakistan. The hosts eventually picked up the victory despite an inspired performance from Pakistan goalkeeper Moneeb Khan.
Scotland got the game off to the perfect start, with a goal inside two minutes. Liam Kelly picked out Sam Pirrie, and the Scotland captain lifted the ball into the net.
Pirrie was involved at the other end three minutes later. The skipper’s last ditch tackle denying Muhammad Raza Kahn what would have been a certain equaliser. Scotland doubled their lead a minute later, Dell Newlands with the finish.
Seconds later, it was three. Blair McCord picked out Ross McLaren, and Scotland’s number nine found the net with ease. Pakistan refused to succumb further to the Scotland pressure and on 10 minutes pulled a goal back. Ciaran Pugh had denied Kumail Fattahy and Ganhera Moiz, but the latter managed to beat the Scotland keeper.
Scotland nearly re-established their two goal advantage but Cameron Robertson’s effort came off the post.
With just four minutes of the first half remaining, Moneeb Khan pulled off a stunning double save. From this, Pakistan broke and Someer Nadaf fired the ball into the net. The visitors would have been level a minute later, but Scotland goalkeeper Lewis Forbes did well to deny Moiz.
With the half time buzzer approaching, both sides would create an opportunity to add to their totals. McLaren sent his effort crashing against the Pakistan crossbar. Up at the other end, Forbes denied Nadaf, but Fattahy couldn’t convert the rebound.
Half Time: Scotland 3-2 Pakistan
The second half got off to the perfect start for Scotland. Robertson finding the net with a composed left foot finish.
Four minutes later, Scotland were 5-2 ahead. Liam Kelly’s shot squirmed through the legs of Moneeb Kahn and into the back of the net. An unfortunate moment for the goalkeeper, who had pulled off some fantastic saves up to that point.
Scotland added a sixth not long after. McLaren applying the finishing touch to a swift counter attack. With 27 minutes played, Scotland lost Callum Downie. The defender bundled over Nadaf and as the last man, was shown a red card. From the resulting free kick, the ball broke to Nadaf who drilled the ball into the net from distance.
Pakistan were refusing to lie down and on 28 minutes reduced the deficit to two. Nadaf completed his hat trick, lifting a long ball over Pugh in the Scotland goal and into the net.
The next goal went the way of Scotland and came courtesy of another counter-attack. Robertson with the low finish for Scotland’s seventh of the match. Robertson grabbed the eighth seconds later, poking the ball under Moneeb Khan.
Scotland appeared to have wrapped the tie up with four minutes remaining when McLaren scored the ninth, but two quick fire goals from Moiz set up a nervy finish for the hosts.
Unfortunately for the Pakistani’s Scotland found the net three more times in the remaining three minutes. McLaren found the net once more before Alex Chingwalu and Andrew Santos found the net, confirming Scotland’s third place finish.
Full Time: Scotland 12-6 Pakistan
Scotland: Lewis Forbes, Daniel Gilbride, Callum Downie, Cammy Robertson, Sam Pirrie, Sam Noble, Liam Kelly, Alex Chingwalu, Ross McLaren, Dell Newlands, Cameron Robertson, Blair McCord, Andrew Santos, Ciaran Pugh
Star Player: McLaren
Pakistan: Chaudhry Muhammad Hussan, Ibrar Khan, Moiz Akhtar Ganhera, Syed Muhammad Hussain Raza, Moneeb Ur Rehan Khan, Muhammad Haseeb Iqbal, Muhammad Ahmed Raza Khan, Kumail Fattahy Pour, Hashim Khan, Akmal Ahmed, Nazz Muhammad, Jomeer Nassif
Star Player: Rehan Khan