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Last Updated: Wednesday, 7 February 2007, 21:35 GMT
Scotland B 2-2 Finland B
Shaun Maloney scores for Scotland B
Shaun Maloney fired home Scotland's equaliser
Scotland came from a goal behind to earn a draw against Finland in the B international at Rugby Park.

The visitors took the lead after three minutes when Jari Ilola slotted home from a Perparim Hetemaj cross.

Aston Villa forward Shaun Maloney levelled in the 11th minute when he converted Stephen Pearson's pass.

Substitute Alan Gow looked to have won it for Scotland but Juho Makela headed home with eight minutes remaining to earn a share of the spoils.

Kevin Thomson was booked after 19 minutes for a challenge on Hetemaj, who was carried off on a stretcher and replaced by Mika Nurmela.

Scotland then had the chance to take the lead when Thomson delivered a superb long ball to Craig Beattie, catching goalkeeper Peter Enckelman off guard.

But, by the time the Celtic forward teed up the shot, several Finland defenders had surrounded him and he fired wide under pressure.

Scotland made their first change at half-time, replacing Gallacher with Aberdeen goalkeeper Jamie Langfield.

The home side were unfortunate not to the take the lead when Pearson's cut-back was met by Maloney, only for the Villa forward to fire into the side-netting.

James McEveley then delivered a great ball to Beattie at the far post but Enckelman intercepted the move before he could connect for the shot.

Scotland made a triple substitution on the hour mark, with Thomson, McEveley and Pearson making way for Charlie Adam, Darren Barr and Alan Gow.

It proved to be an inspired move when Gow found the back of the net four minutes later, meeting a Maloney corner before nodding past the helpless Finnish keeper.

But Finland were not to be denied and found an equaliser with eight minutes left.


Scotland B: Gallacher (Langfield 46), Hutton, McEveley (Barr 61), S Brown (Fowler 68), Greer, Broadfoot, Clark, Maloney, Beattie (Mackie 68), Thomson (Adam 61), Pearson (Gow 61).

Goals: Maloney 11, Gow 64.

Finland B: Enckleman, Pasanen, Hetemaj (Nurmella 21), Pasoja (Sujolund 65), Kuivasto, Ilola, Kuqi (Makela 65), Kopteff, Kallio (Kansiskas 75), Eremenko, Nyman (Lampi 71).

Goals: Ilola 3, Makela 82.

Ref: David Malcolm (Northern Ireland).



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