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Friday, 5 October, 2001, 20:30 GMT 21:30 UK
Late goal gives Scots victory
Scotland celebrate their late winner
Scotland celebrate their late winner
Scotland U-21 1-0 Latvia U-21

An 81st minute strike by Kevin McNaughton gave Scotland's under-21s victory over Latvia at Broadwood on Friday night.

Scotland dominated the second half but found the breakthrough hard to come by, with Latvian keeper Dorosevs in defiant mood.

But the goal when it came was worth the wait, McNaughton finding Dorosevs off his line with a shot from outside the box.

Hibs' Tom McManus fired in the first shot of the game, in the fifth minute, but Deniss Kacanovs was in the way.

Then Michael Stewart let fly from distance but his effort fizzed past the goalkeeper's left-hand post.

Stephen Hughes made his Scotland debut
Stephen Hughes made his Scotland debut
Latvia replied with a free-kick move from 30 yards out and Deniss Kacanovs fired in a shot straight at Colin Stewart.

Scotland won a corner at the other end and Philip McGuire saw his header headed off the line near his keeper's left-hand post.

Michael Stewart saw his shot blocked and then bounce kindly for Maloney, who fired over with all the goal to aim at to spurn a 31st-minute chance which had been Scotland's best for a while.

Another ricochet, this time after Hughes had burst into the box, almost fell for Maloney in the box but goalkeeper Pavels Dorosevs dived to gather the loose ball.

Scotland created the first opening of the second half. Michael Stewart played a great ball into the box for Maloney and Dorosevs made a good block to deny him at the expense of a corner.

Then Maloney hit the post in the 53rd minute when Michael Stewart set him up again with another quality pass and the Celtic man quickly turned his man to get a shot in, but the ball cannoned back into play and to safety off the goalkeeper.

Tom McManus goes past a challenge
Tom McManus goes past a challenge
In the 62nd minute McManus was denied an opener when Hughes set him up and he blasted a low shot on the turn that was diverted round the post by the impressive Dorosevs.

Colin Stewart had been a virtual spectator all half, but was needed to divert a Morozs long-ranger round a post.

In the 81st minute McNaughton grabbed the winner with a beautifully-placed shot that gave goalkeeper Dorosevs no chance.

Substitute Peter Canero crossed from the right and although McManus could not get on the end of it straight away he retrieved it when the Latvian defence failed to clear and laid it back to McNaughton.

The Aberdeen man was outside the box and looked up to see Dorosevs off his line before planting the ball over him and into the net.

Scotland U-21: Colin Stewart, Fowler, McGuire, Gary Caldwell, Hammell, McCracken, Michael Stewart, Ian Murray, Thomas McManus, Maloney, Stephen Hughes.

Subs: Esson, McNaughton, McCunnie, Canero, Simmons, McPhee, Mackie.

Latvia U-21: Dorosevn, Laskow, Deniss Kacanovs, Ilovaiskis, Mihadjuks, Jevgenijs Kacanovs, Karlsons, Solonigins, Morozs, Butricks, Dezzubobs.

Subs: Pavlovs, Zenkous, Aleksejs Romanovs, Kolcoves, Buruns, Kalns, Sergejevs.

Referee: S Kvaratskhelia (Georgia)

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