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Robinson's side make winning start in Victory Shield

Scotland 1 Northern Ireland 2

By Graham Luney

Northern Ireland made a dream start to their Victory Shield campaign by beating holders Scotland on their own patch.

A goal in each half gave Stephen Robinson's side victory at St Mirrran Park, with the Scots only registering an injury-time consolation strike.

Northern Ireland were close to taking the lead in the opening minutes when Cormac Lawlor's cross was met by Stephen Mallon and he was denied only by a fine save from Scottish goalkeeper Aidan McAdams.

The Scots then had the better of the chances before Northern Ireland broke the deadlock on 37 minutes. Mallon sent a free kick to the far post and Liam McKenna was on hand to head home.

The lead was doubled on 70 minutes when substitute Niall Cassidy sent in a teasing cross and Jack White scored with a well placed header. Scotland rallied in the final 10 minutes and came close to scoring before Jack Aitchison forced the ball over the line after a scramble.

In last night's other game Wales claimed a home victory over England. Liam Angel scored the only goal. Northern Ireland's next match is against England on Friday at Stangmore Park, Dungannon.

Northern Ireland: Larkin, Lawlor, White, Galashan, McKenna, Crane, Lynch, Mallon, Sterling, Sharvin, Parkhouse. Subs: M Davidson, Fagan, Gallagher, D Davidson, Cassidy, Coarolan, McGinley.

Referee: Gavin Ross.

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