Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - SPORT -

WASTE­FUL Scot­land were pun­ished for fail­ing to take their chances.

Mem­phis De­pay grabbed the only goal of the game at Pit­to­drie, fin­ish­ing off a light­ning first-half counter-at­tack from the edge of the Hol­land penalty area. Malky Mackay’s men had started the brighter, and could have been two up in 11 min­utes.

Matt Phillips had a shot blocked on seven min­utes and when the re­bound broke to James For­rest 10 yards out, he looked cer­tain to score – only to be de­nied by a bril­liant block from Nathan Ake. Four min­utes later Phillips forced a good save from Jasper Cil­lessen.

The vis­i­tors had a lot of pos­ses­sion but no cut­ting edge un­til Cal­lum Mcgre­gor’s way­ward 40th-minute pass on the edge of the Hol­land box was quickly played for­ward for Ryan Ba­bel.

He crossed and former Manch­ester United for­ward De­pay (right) ended a lung-burst­ing 50-yard dash with a tap-in.

Kieran Tier­ney res­cued Scot­land by throw­ing him­self in front of a close-range Kevin St­root­man shot. Mcgre­gor then tested Cil­lessen and in the fi­nal minute Phillips was un­marked 10 yards out but his header barely made con­tact with the ball.

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