Scotland Under 21s 0 Bulgaria Under 21s 0

06 September 2011 01:41
Scotland shou;ld have made better use of their dominance in the first half as they were the side looking to win all three points. Another disappointing night for Scottish football Scotland's Under 21s brought out a number of famous faces to Paisley last night. Danny Lennon (of course) knew where to sit; Ally McCoist took his usual one; as did Davie Weir; Rod Petrie was on hand to see three of his Hibs players take to the field and the SFA's Mark Wotte and Stewart Regan were there to see the next generation of Scotland players try their luck against Bulgaria. Unfortunately, luck was in short supply for the home side at their new home of St Mirren Park. A 0-0 draw was the best they could deliver against a stuffy Bulgarian side which looked as if they had come over for a single point from kick-off.   A crowd of 2,769 braved the chill breeze and drizzle in the second half and were entertained with some slick football from the home side especially in the first half. Special mention on the entertaining football side of things must go to Scott Allan of Dundee United who appeared to have brought all his tricks with him from Tannadice as he danced away from the Bulgarians with the ball seemingly tied to his boots time and time again. Hibs David Wotherspoon and Dundee United's Johnathon Russell seem to have developed a good understanding and were interchangeable in terms of going forward and playing off each other. Russell was unlucky not to score in the first half after stretching to reach a cross from that man Allan. That sort of summed up the night for Scotland. Plenty of effort but nothing to show for it.   Bulgaria came out in the second half and reminded Grant Adam that he was in a game. He was a virtual spectator for the first half but was called upon to make some good saves in the second. His concentration level was tested early in the second half when Georgi Milanov sent in a powerful shot from near the bye--line which Adam blocked at the near post but failed to hang onto. Thankfully his defenders were on hand to deal with the spilled ball. From then on Adam held onto anything fired his way which is always an encouraging things to see. A single point from their first game is not the end of the world and no goals lost may well be helpful in the inevitable count back that Scotland will have to rely on to make the finals  Scotland: Adam, Wotherspoon, Booth, Perry, Hanlon, Kelly, Russell, Allan, Rhodes, Cairney, ArmstrongSubs: Ridgers, Cole, Palmer, Griffiths, MacDonald, Wylde, Pawlett Bulgaria: Lliev, Milanov (I), Terziev, Drenovichki, Kostandinov, Donev, Tsvetkov, Milanov (G), Baldzhiyski, Tonev, KostovSubs: Kunchev, Kolev, Pahov, Tsvetanov, Kostadinov, Dechev, Ayas Ref: Kristo Tohver (Estonia)