Scots Outdone By Brilliant Ramsey

Scotland suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Wales, as the tartan army were comfortably ousted by three goals at the Cardiff City Stadium. Aaron Ramsey was the star of the show, as he single handily tore Scotland apart.

This game was the 104th time the two countries had met, and for Scotland it was a game to forget. George Burley men did have the better of the game in the first ten minutes; however it was Wales who had the first chance. Sam Ricketts cross drifted in towards the goalkeeper and it needed a save by David Marshall, who just about tipped the ball over the crossbar.

In the early stages the Scots dominated play began to show, as both James McFadden and Kenny Miller had shots at goal early on, however neither of the two shots found the net.

Around the ten minute mark Scotland should have had a goal, Wales defender Gareth Bale slipped and resulting in the mistake, the Scots pounced on the ball, however Scotland couldn’t capitalise on Bale’s mistake, as Wales were able to clear their lines. A minute later it was the Home side on the attack, however two crosses were well cleared by the Scottish defence, as Wales began to get a foot hold in the game.

In the 16th minute it was Wales who found the breakthrough. It was a brilliant piece of play by Sam Ricketts on the right wing, as he laid it off to youngster Aaron Ramsey who delivered a decent ball, as midfielder David Edwards latched onto the cross as his bicycle style shot found the net, Wales 1-0 Scotland.

Scotland looked hesitant in midfield as scrappy passes were lost with ease. On the other hand, they did have another chance to find the net. Graham Dorrans decided to cut in from the left wing and fire a shot at goal; however his resulting shot was blocked by his own team mate Steven Naismith. Around the 20th minute the game began to fade, as both teams kept the ball well in the centre of the field.

The next opportunity came in the 26th minute. Scotland debutant Danny Fox delivered a teasing cross, which was defended excellently by Wales’s defender Lewin Nyatanga. However Wales scored another just past the half hour mark, as Aaron Ramsey passed the ball to Joe Ledley, who crossed the ball into the six yard box, as Simon Church of Reading was first to the ball, as the poked home for 2-0.

About five minutes later, Wales expanded their lead to three. Aaron Ramsey again was involved as his mazy run and skill, was ended off in a calm finish which ended up in the back of the net, Wales 3-0 Scotland.

The game went quiet as the last piece of action came in the favour of Wales. Ched Evans curled a shot on target however Scotland keeper David Marshall made the save. The referee then decided to call time on the first half, as George Burley and his Scotland players were some what shocked at the half time result, as Wales went into the dressing rooms three goals up.

The second half kicked off, as the first real chance fell into the path of Wales. Sam Vokes was clear through on goal, as the Scottish keeper David Marshall, ran out of his box and seemed to handle outside the area. The referee did give a free-kick in favour of Wales; however he only gave the Scotland goalkeeper a yellow card.

Scotland first chance came in the 53rd minute, James McFadden free kick was in goal scoring range; however his poor free kick was blocked by the Welsh wall. Soon after the opportunity, the Scots decided to change the team around; Lee Wallace and Steven Fletcher entered the fray, as Danny Fox and Kenny Miller were taken off.

The game seemed to calm down, as substitutions seemed to affect the run of the game. Scotland decided to change another two players, as Kevin Kyle and Ross McCormack came on, and James McFadden and Steven Naismith were taken off.

Wales did have the next real opportunity, as the scorer of Wales’s first goal David Edwards, fired his long range shot over the bar. After that Scotland had a very frustrating period, as Wales kept possession for around a five minute spell.

Half an hour left and Scotland had another chance from a set piece. Ross McCormack free kick was in range of the net, however it was yet another poor free kick from Scotland, as McCormack blazed the set piece over. A minute after Barry Robson came on for West Brom midfielder Graham Dorrans.

Scotland seemed to be creating chances, but the midfield was delivering hopeless balls up to their target man Kevin Kyle. The Scots decided to use up their final substitution as Derek Riordan entered the field in place of Don Cowie.

With ten minutes left Scotland started to create chances, Ross McCormack chip was well saved by Wayne Hennessey in the Wales goal. Derek Riordan then had another chance for Scotland, as he decided to cut inside on his right foot, but his shot was well saved by the on form Hennessey. Five minutes remaining and Scotland should have scored a consolation goal, Kevin Kyle bullet header, was tremendously saved by Wayne Hennessey.

The game then went quiet as Wales slowed the game down with possession and substitutions. The referee then called time on the game, as Scotland finished up being humiliated by Wales.

Man Of The Match
I could name about five Wales players who all deserved the man of the match award. However I am concentrating on Scotland, and to be honest there weren’t many players who deserved credit. The substitutions did make a slight difference though, so I would give Ross McCormack the man of the match award for Scotland.

2 Responses to “Scots Outdone By Brilliant Ramsey”

  1. Challenge Feedback Says:

    Spelling/Punctuation:

    tartan army > Tartan Army
    George Burley men did have > George Burley’s men did have

    Bits that don’t read quite right:

    “early stages the Scots dominated play began”
    “defender Gareth Bale slipped and resulting in the mistake, the Scots pounced”
    “as Simon Church of Reading was first to the ball, as the poked home for 2-0.”
    “ended off in a calm finish which ended up in the back of the net” > you use ended twice in quick succession.

    I feel link you have over analysed the game, with lots of references to in this minute, that happened etc. If you can try and string parts of the game together, it should help your article flow and reduce the amount you end up writing. Sometimes you may find it beneficial to write down what you are thinking, then read it through a few times and cut out parts and combine them together, to make a more concise article.

    Good images, they could do with a caption though, to explain to the reader what they are looking at. Captions do not count towards word count.

    Take some time to read through some of the higher scoring articles from this task, to get a feel of how others are going about putting an article together. Compare their articles to yours and try and take some inspiration from them for your next match report. I will be interested to see how you improve for task three.

  2. gavh Says:

    I rushed this article. Didn’t bother changing spelling mistakes, and I completely forgot about the word limit.

    No teams interest me this week, so I will take part in the journalism challenge next week.

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