Futsal Home Nations
Northern Ireland 2-6 Scotland
Friday 30 November, kick-off 7.30pm
Newry Leisure Centre

Futsal Home Nations
Scotland 1-3 England
Saturday 1 December, kick-off 2.30pm
Newry Leisure Centre

Futsal Home Nations
Scotland 2-6 Wales
Sunday 2 December, kick-off 12pm
Newry Leisure Centre

Scotland Futsal head coach Scott Chaplain believes his side has plenty to be positive about following the 2018 Home Nations, following a second successive third-place finish.

Held at the Newry Leisure Centre in Northern Ireland this past weekend, Chaplain’s side got off to the best possible start, turning in an impressive performance to overcome their hosts 6-2 in their opening fixture of the weekend.

Scott Smith and Dayle Robertson each recorded a brace of goals, with Fraser Smith and Craig McLeish also on target in a confidence-boosting win.

A narrow defeat to England followed in game two, as – despite McLeish giving his side an early lead – Scotland succumbed 3-1 in a closely-fought affair.

Chaplain’s men then ran out of steam in their final match of the tournament, with Wales scoring five in the first half to put the game out of sight at the interval.

Despite a disappointing end to the tournament, however, the Scotland head coach believes his squad are continuing to develop at an exciting rate.

“It was a bit of a mixed bag, but there were definitely positives for us to take,” said Chaplain.

“Northern Ireland was always going to be a tricky start for us – they’ve invested a lot in their futsal programme, they’ve got a good squad and they were at home, so we were delighted to get off to such a good start against them.

“Likewise, England was a big challenge for us. They’ve got a lot of resources and came into the tournament as holders. I thought we were superb in that game though – the boys prepared well and executed a game plan really well.

“On another day, we might have won that game – we missed a penalty and then conceded in quick succession, which just goes to show the fine margins in our sport. It shows how far we’ve come though, and the signs of improvement since we started the programme.

“We went into the game against Wales full of optimism, but for some reason we just didn’t produce in the first half. We didn’t do the basics correctly and we got punished as a result.

“We’re still learning as a team, but we’ll take everything on board and move into the New Year and use this to help us to develop and move forward.

“There’s definitely more to come from this squad.”