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Differing results for those on duty

5 September 2015

It was an evening of mixed fortunes and mixed results for the Rovers players away on international duty.

Of the four players involved in match action on Friday night, all started on the substitute's bench with just two seeing game time.

Scotland missed a great opportunity to close the gap on the teams above them with a below-par performance in a 1-0 defeat to Georgia in Tbilisi.

A first half strike from Valeri Kazaishvili was enough for the hosts to win the tie, and in doing so dent the Scots' chances of reaching the Euro 2016 finals.

Grant Hanley started the match on the bench but came on just before the hour mark. The Rovers captain could have rescued a point in the closing stages but put a header narrowly wide.

The result sees Scotland slip to fourth place in Group D, three points behind second placed Poland. Gordon Strachan's side face leaders Germany at Hampden on Monday night.

One country within touching distance of the finals are Northern Ireland.

They did their chances of reaching France 2016 the power of good with a 3-1 win over the ten-man Faroe Islands.

Corry Evans was an unused substitute as two goals from Gareth McAuley and a Kyle Lafferty strike saw the Northern Irish beat their opponents in Torshavn.

With Romania holding Hungary to a goalless draw in Budapest, the win means Michael O'Neill's team now top Group F and go into Monday's match against the Hungarians knowing victory in Belfast would clinch qualification to next summer's finals.

Jamaica's World Cup 2018 qualifying campaign got off to a bad start with a 3-2 home loss to Nicaragua.

The Reggae Boyz were stunned as the visitors raced into a two-goal lead inside the first ten minutes in Kingston, thanks to goals from Manuel Rosas and Carlos Chavarria.

With Lee Williamson watching on as an unused sub, the Nicaraguans then added a third just after half-time through Luis Molina to leave Jamaica floundering.

However goals from Darren Mattocks and Adrian Mariappa gave the hosts hope but they couldn't grab a third to level the tie.

The result means the Reggae Boyz have it all to do in the second-leg away in Managua on Tuesday to have any chance of advancing to the 12-team CONCACAF semi-final group stage.

At Gigg Lane, Bury, the Republic of Ireland's Under-21 team warmed up for their forthcoming UEFA U21 qualifier against Andorra with a comfortable 4-1 win over a Qatar U23 side.

Rovers' Darragh Lenihan played the whole of the second period as a first half brace from Sean Kavanagh was added to by strikes from Alan Browne and Harry Charsley.

The young Irish will now travel to the Principality of Andorra looking to do the double over their opponents after beating them 1-0 in Waterford in their opening Group 2 match back in March.


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