Day Two: Two Scottish magicians, Northern Ireland triumph

Day Two: Two Scottish magicians, Northern Ireland triumph


Northern Ireland and Scotland defeated Italy and South Korea respectively on Day Two.




David Leavy's goal was enough to give Northern Ireland its first win of the tournament, proving to be the only goal in a 1-0 win.

The match was not without disciplinary issues, as Leonardo Nacci was sent off in stoppage time for a second bookable offence, joining Gianluca Li Vecchi and Simon Xanina in receiving their marching orders this tournament.

Italy made two changes from the draw with Chile, as Simone Calderera and Alessio Pusterla came in for Daniele Beccegato and Xanina, while Sean Coyle replaced Ryan Walker for Northern Ireland.

The winner came in the 37th minute, a quick-thinking Charley Emerson free-kick finding Leavy, who fired home from close range.

Nacci was then sent off late for fouling Ryan Walker, meaning Italy have three players suspended for their next group game with Scotland. Northern Ireland will next play against South Korea.




Three goals apiece for Martin Hickman and Sean Millership propelled Scotland to a 6-2 win over South Korea, maintaining their impeccable record in the tournament.

Millership's first-half goals set up the win, scoring in minutes 15, 21 and 22 in a seven-minute spree, while two of Martin Hickman's goals came in the second half.

Hickman's first opened the scoring from the edge of the box, firing home to extend his lead at the top of the goalscoring charts, which now sits at three.

South Korea had their moments to celebrate, including their first goal of the tournament, which came via a brilliant strike from Choi Jongwoon in the 20th minute, the first of three goals in as many minutes.

Hickman, Millership and young talent Kerr Mackenzie were brilliant up forward for Scotland, causing problems for the South Korean defence from the first minute to the last. Scotland will face Chile tomorrow, with South Korea facing Northern Ireland.