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Euro 2016: Maloney claims vital strike all for himself

By Ronnie Esplin

Published 15/06/2015

Shaun Maloney
Shaun Maloney

Shaun Maloney is keeping his fingers crossed he will be credited with the goal which gave Scotland a hard-fought draw against the Republic of Ireland.

Moments into the second half at the Aviva Stadium, with the home side leading through a Jon Walters goal, the 32-year-old Chicago Fire forward levelled with a shot which deflected in off Irish skipper John O'Shea.

Maloney was involved in the only goal of the game in the 1-0 win over Georgia at Ibrox last October when his shot was saved but then struck Akaki Khubutia to spin into the net for an own goal, and he is "very hopeful" he would be given a second goal against the Irish. He said: "At the time it felt like my goal. Fingers crossed. I was unsure it was (on target).

"I hit and I knew it took a deflection but I am not overly worried. It was a big moment in the game. It was a bit of joy, a bit of relief, all sort of mixed into one.

"It meant the world to me. It means everything for me to play here and to see the ball go in the back of the net, these moments are very special."

Russell Martin claimed Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy expected to see red instead of yellow after the challenge in the first half which left the Scotland defender receiving treatment for a nose injury.

The Norwich defender said: "He caught me with some part of his arm. He said it was accidental, he has apologised, so it's fine. When he saw the referee branding a card I think he said that he thought it might be a red but fortunately for him it was a yellow, not so fortunate for us."

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