James McArthur celebrates his goal with Scotland team-mate Alan Hutton
By Alvin McCaig
Scotland cruised to an impressive Carling Nations Cup win over a depleted N Ireland side in rain-lashed Dublin.
Kenny Miller stabbed in the opener after 19 minutes and James McArthur added the second for the dominant Scots when his cross found the top corner.
Kris Commons made it 3-0 with a classy goal on 51 minutes, netting from a superb Steven Naismith pass.
Scotland were also denied twice by the woodwork while Rory Patterson wasted a late chance for Northern Ireland.
The Scots were forced into a late change with McArthur coming in for his second cap after Scott Brown was injured in the warm-up.
It was a tight opening in front of a small but vociferous crowd and Northern Ireland were the first to threaten with Niall McGinn's low shot saved by Allan McGregor after 10 minutes.
From here it was all Scotland but Miller wasted their first good chance by side-footing over from a Commons cut-back.
Miller made amends five minutes later, with Phil Bardsley flicking on from Charlie Adam's corner and the ball bounced off two Northern Ireland players before the Bursaspor striker slotted in from a yard out.
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