Under-17s International Friendly Match
Scotland 1-1 Wales
Thursday, 2 September 2021, kick-off 7pm
Forthbank Stadium, Stirling
Scotland: Ben Doak (20 minutes)
In the first match of a double header against Wales, Brian McLaughlin’s side drew 1-1 in an entertaining match in Stirling
Scotland started the stronger side with Rory Wilson being presented with an early opportunity but was only able to hammer the ball just over the crossbar.
Adam MacDonald from Motherwell was next to have a chance for Scotland but he was foiled by an impressive stop from the Welsh goalkeeper.
After 20 minutes, Scotland’s pressure paid off and they took a deserved lead with an impressive goal. A Chris McGinn cross found Ben Doak at the back post and he was able to nod into the net.
Moments later, Scotland’s number one was put under pressure and presented Wales with a promising chance but the ball was looped over for a goal kick.
After 25 minutes, Scotland conceded a penalty and Omari Benjamin from Arsenal made no mistake from the spot.
Ben Doak looked a constant threat for Scotland with his pace proving a constant menace for the defence. One particular sprint enabled him to outpace the defenders to put him one on one with the goalkeeper but he was unable to prod the ball beyond the Wales stopper.
The winger remained a prominent figure in the second half and was unfortunate not to score a second when he darted down the right hand side into the box but was unable to guide his shot into the box.
Scotland were the more dominant side in the second period and after 60 minutes Doak’s scything run through the defence dragging players out of their positions allowing him to slide in Rice. The Motherwell man then crossed to O’ Donnell but with the goal gaping he was unable to test the goalkeeper.
The home side continued to press and create chances but couldn't find a way to score what would have been a deserved winner.
Brian McLaughlin, Scotland under-17s head coach said: “We were delighted to have the under-17s together again for the first time since the pandemic and get them out on the pitch.
“I was happy with how the boys went about their business tonight as they implemented what we’d been working on in training.
“We’ve been building towards these games and we created a lot of chances against a good Wales team.
“In terms of chances created, we certainly created the better ones. Our players rose to the challenge tonight and we need to push on now.
“Ben Doak did well tonight and he’s a great player. He’s a good threat and great character around training as well. His attitude towards training is infectious and there’s no doubt that he loved his debut for the 17s tonight. It felt like every time he had the ball he could create us a chance.
“We’ll now focus on Sunday’s match against Wales before turning our attention to the European Qualifiers against Northern Ireland, Italy and Albania.”
Scotland: Pazikas, Mckay (Murray), McGinn (Rice), McArthur, Allan, Reid (Captain), Doak, Bell (Miller) Wilson (Wales), O’Donnell (Lobban), MacDonald (Emslie)
Unused substitutes: Olyuemi, Muir, Rice , Laidlaw