Boyd stars in Scotland win
Peterborough winger George Boyd starred on his debut for Scotland B as they eased past Northern Ireland.
Last Updated: 06/05/09 11:09pm
Peterborough winger George Boyd starred on his debut for Scotland B as they cruised to a comfortable win over their Northern Ireland counterparts at Broadwood.
Defender Andy Webster also impressed as he broke the deadlock two minutes after the break, as he followed up his own saved header from an Ian Black cross to slam the ball past Irish keeper Jonathan Tuffey.
Boyd, the England-born winger making his international debut for Scotland, drove home the second in the 76th minute when he was set up by substitute Leigh Griffiths.
The pair combined five minutes from the end to allow the Livingston striker - voted PFA Scotland First Division player of the year - to slot home number three on his international debut and ensure a positive end to the occasion.
The small band of travelling fans among the crowd of 2,110 tried to inject some atmosphere into a rather drab start but it was the Scots who might have taken the lead within two minutes.
Motherwell defender Stevie Hammell fired a free-kick in to the near post which appeared to beat Tuffey and cross the line before the Partick Thistle keeper scooped it back out.
Referee Stuart Attwell ignored the claims and having survived that close shave, the visitors tried to get a foothold in the game.
But in the 17th minute Tuffey was called into action again when he pulled off a decent save from Steven Naismith's low drive from just inside the box.
Northern Ireland winger Josh McQuoid responded moments later with an effort from distance but the ball cleared the bar by yards.
Scotland looked the most likely and in the 25th minute Cardiff winger Chris Burke stung the hands of Tuffey with an angled shot which the Thistle keeper palmed high into the air before the danger was cleared.
A flash-flood at the interval appeared to put the game in some doubt but when play resumed, Scotland took the lead within two minutes.
Black, on at the break for Scott Arfield, played a short corner with Naismith and when his cross came over, Webster's header was saved by Tuffey before the Rangers played followed in to ram home the rebound.
As the visitors forced their way back in to the game, Scotland keeper David Marshall was forced to dive at the feet of Rangers striker Andy Little to prevent him equalising after Mark Reynolds failed to clear his lines.
As a raft of substitutions began to take its toll on the flow of the game, Northern Ireland continued to press for the leveller.
In the 70th minute substitute Oliver Norwood, on for Niall McGinn minute earlier, drew a fine save from Marshall with a 30-yard free-kick, the former Celtic keeper tipping the ball over the bar for a corner which Scotland repelled.
Six minutes later Boyd made the game certain when he took a pass from Griffiths and rifled the ball low past Tuffey.
And in the 85th minute Boyd returned the compliment when he sent Griffiths clear of the Irish defence and the teenager showed great confidence in his finish.