Scottish Daily Mail

Scots slump a big shock for Gem­mill

- MARK WALKER

SCOT GEM­MILL ad­mit­ted his young­sters failed to play to their po­ten­tial yes­ter­day as they slumped to a sur­prise de­feat in Lim­er­ick to Slove­nia. The Scots Un­der-19s, who started their Euro qual­i­fiers so con­vinc­ingly on Fri­day with a win against Latvia, didn’t even come close to match­ing that per­for­mance and lost a late goal to the visi­tors, who have now won the group. It means Scot­land — who saw Read­ing de­fender Zak Jules sent off af­ter the goal for two book­ings — may now need to de­feat the Ir­ish hosts on Wed­nes­day if they are to qual­ify for the Elite Round. ‘It is really dis­ap­point­ing,’ said Gem­mill. ‘Not just the re­sult, but also in the per­for­mance. It was not good enough. ‘But I said to the play­ers that the worst it should have been was 0-0. Even though we never played well in terms of cre­at­ing chances, we should have been able to see it out for a draw.’ Scot­land lost the game through a lack of con­cen­tra­tion from a cor­ner in the 73rd minute, al­low­ing Slove­nia skip­per Do­minik Iv­kic far too much space in the penalty area to head into the net. Jules was then sent off with six min­utes left for a cyn­i­cal trip on Jan Mlakar.

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