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Celtic Cup Cardiff 11 May 2013

Scotland travelled to the Welsh Institute of Sport in Cardiff on Saturday 11 May 2013 in a successful defence of the Celtic Cups for Over 60s and Over 65s, last won at Inverclyde in 2012. Both sides won their respective trophies: 2-0 for the Over 60s and 1-0 for the Over 65s. The friendlies between the same squads on Sunday 12 May went the other way, Wales Over 60s winning 4-0 and Wales Over 65s winning 1-0.

Saturday 11 May (Celtic Cup matches)

Wales Over 65s 0 Scotland Over 65s 1 (Margerison)

Scotland, playing a 3-5-2 formation, took the game to Wales and pressed constantly. The midfield, in which Bain was outstanding, controlled possession and the speed of the Scottish forwards and attacking midfielders proved a big problem for the Welsh defence. All the possession failed to result in a goal, but the breakthrough came when Tucker picked the ball up on the left and fed it back to Cathro, whose through pass found Margerison who had switched from his wide right midfield berth to inside left, and his shot left the Welsh keeper helpless. Scotland continued to dominate for the remainder of the half but could not score a second. Wales changed their formation at half time and pushed higher up the pitch, while the Scottish midfield stood off their opponents, alllowing Wales the possession they had been denied in the first half. Scotland still looked dangerous on the break and it took a great save from the Welsh keeper to stop a fierce Gordon shot from doubling Scotland's total. Wales forced a number of short corners as the game wore on but the Scots defended well. All the same Scotland held their breaths when keeper Pearce was beaten at the final short corner, only for Auld to clear on the goal line.

Wales Over 60s 0 Scotland Over 60s 2 (Morrison, O.G.)

in a very open game, Scotland looked very dangerous going forward but had several difficult situations at the back, where McBride cleared up extremely well. Connaghan and Peter Robertson were causing all sorts of trouble down the Scottish left, and Bishop and Morrison were always a threat down the middle. However it was the other Robertson, Stuart, on the right, who produced the breakthrough when he found Morrison in front of goal and he despatched the ball into the net for the opening goal. Bishop nearly doubled the lead with a snap shot which the Welsh keeper did well to push round the post, but the second goal was not long delayed. Finlayson, who was having a fine game in centre midfield, put in a hard through pass towards Bishop, whose marker could only deflect the ball, leaving the keeper wrongfooted and unable to stop the ball crossing the line. The second half opened with a fine shot from Johnson on the right, which Kalman did well to save. Johnson was causing all sorts of problems with his direct running and the Welsh pressed the Scots back. An undeserved green card for Bate left Scotland one short and almost led to a Welsh score when Thomas saw his close in shot saved by Kalman. The match was played in quarters and at the end of the third quarter Wales were definitely in the ascendancy and Scotland needed to win back control. Connaghan was an inch away from converting a cross from Peter Robertson before Wales won a short corner at the other end. An old fashioned stramash at the corner ended up leading to a series of penalty corners as the Welsh piled on the pressure. Scotland were losing on points but winning on goals, with only brief respites from incessant Welsh attacks but a great run by Bishop led to a short corner which gave them a short period of rest before the Welsh onslaught resumed. However the Welsh became increasingly desperate and lost their composure, and the game ended with Scotland maintaining their two goal lead to retain the Celtic Cup.

Sunday 12 May (friendly matches)

Wales Over 60s 4 Scotland Over 60s 0

Wales Over 65s 1 Scotland Over 65s 0

Squads

Over 60s

Bate, Bishop, Connaghan, Chisholm (Capt.), Dunbar, Durajczyk, Finlayson, Kalman (GK), Loudon, McBride, Moore, Morrison, P. Robertson, S. Robertson, Wilson. Macdonald acted as team manager in the Celtic Cup match and took the place of the injured Morrison in the friendly international.

Over 65s

Auld (Capt.), Bain, Brittain-Dodd, Cassell, Cathro, Downie, Ferrol, Gordon, Margerison, McLernan, Mitchell, Pearce (GK), R. Robertson, Tucker, Weir; Manager Alan Bryce

Over 65s team photograph

Downie, Pearce, Bain, Tucker, Margerison, Gordon, Mitchell, Brittain-Dodd, Ferrol, Weir, Cathro, Cassell, McLernan, Robertson, Auld