Scotland 3 Northern Ireland 0: Sunderland defender Bardsley helps Scots to victory

Scotland's Phil Bardsley vents his frustration.
Scotland's Phil Bardsley vents his frustration.
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KENNY Miller celebrated being handed the Scotland captaincy with his side’s opening goal against Northern Ireland tonight.

The Bursaspor striker made up for an earlier miss by striking from close range in the Carling Nations Cup clash in Dublin before James McArthur added a second.

McArthur, a late replacement for the injured Scott Brown, scored with what appeared to be a cross but Scotland fully deserved their lead after creating numerous chances.

Sunderland full-back Phil Bardsley has been in the goals for his club, and forced Ulster keeper Jonny Tuffey to tip over with a powerful drive before having a penalty claim denied after a tug from McAuley.

Northern Ireland made two changes for the second half with record goalscorer David Healy and Lee Hodson introduced.

Rory Patterson had a good chance after a smart turn on the edge of the box but Allan McGregor saved low to his right.

But Scotland continued to cut through the Irish defence with ease and neat interplay set up Kris Commons for the third.