Scottish Daily Mail
Scots slump a big shock for Gemmill
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.