Scotland 0 Northern Ireland 2

Despite an early flurry by Scotland it was Northern Ireland, with goals in both halves, who came away with all three points and secured their third win in a row in this year's Centenary shield.

In a well supported fixture at Ochilview Park , home of Stenhousemuir FC, it was the visitors from Northern Ireland who controlled the game.

They beat Scotland 2-0 to secure their third successive win having also beaten England at home and the Republic of Ireland away.

Scotland made a very bright start to today’s game and with a strong breeze at their back they pinned the visitors in with some attractive football. They twice tested NISFA keeper Ryan Kerr with a shot from Stuart McDowall and a header from Flnn Mackay.

Flynn McKay goes close early in the game

Gradually however it was Northern Ireland who took control and they opened the scoring just before the 25 minute mark. The Scottish defence failed to clear their lines and Jude Johnson netted at the back post to put the visitors ahead.

Northern Ireland take the lead

At half time Scotland introduced two substitutes, Matt Falconer and Jack Allan to try to revive their chances but it was Northern Ireland, now with the wind at their back who controlled the game.

They went 2-0 up after just over ten second half minutes when their captain Oisin Devlin headed home at the back post.

Northern Ireland captain Oisin Devlin celebrates doubling their lead

Scotland never gave up, introducing further subs Freddie Rowe, Callum Graham and Jamie Low but NI managed the game through to time up. The game was well refereed by Chris Hobbs and his assistants Stuart Gray and David Burns.

Northern Ireland now play Wales in Belfast as they attempt to record a fourth ‘ grand slam’ victory in this season’s competition. That would win them the trophy but Wales who can also still win the annual event will make it a real contest in Belfast.

They next play England at home while Scotland travel to Chesterfield at the end of the Easter holiday’s for their final match of the campaign.

Scotland: Rohan Harkin, Ali Nixon, Owen Doyle(c), Euan Bowie, Robbie Stewart (Jamie Low), Archie Gibson, Shay Burke, Reuben Cooper, (Matt Falconer, Stuart McDowell (Callum Graham), Finn Mackay (Freddie Rowe), Jacob Shield (Jack Allan).
Subs not used: Liam Prunty and Aeden Gilfedder.

Scotland Starting Eleven

Northern Ireland Starting Eleven