Scots cruise past Hong Kong
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Goals from Sunderland striker Kevin Kyle, Dundee United's Steven Thompson, skipper Christian Dailly, and Everton's Scot Gemmill sent the Scots home with a positive finish to what has been a difficult trip for Vogts's side, who lost 4-1 to South Korea in a friendly and 2-0 to South Africa in the semi-finals of the four-team tournament.
A sparse crowd saw the young Scots in total control of the match against a Hong Kong XI that included four Brazilians, Nigerian striker Cornelius Udebuluzor and Scotsman Gary McKeown, who was the side's captain.
The Scots went in front when Gemmill chipped a ball across the Honk Kong's XI penalty box to Kyle, who volleyed home past goalkeeper Fan Chun-Yip to make it 1-0.
Gemmill, who had an excellent match on the right wing, then set up Middlesbrough's Allan Johnston with a chance, but Fan Chun-Yip was able to stop him point-blank before the danger was cleared.
Johnston would make amends, when he set up Thompson to strike home the second about ten minutes before half-time, as the Scots went to the break with a 2-0 lead.
Scotland made the game safe, five minutes after half-time, when skipper Dailly headed home a Gemmill free-kick to make it 3-0.
Three minutes later, Hong Kong substituted goalkeeper Fan Chun-Yip with number two Chan Ka-Ki, but the change was to make little difference.
Dailly would later turn provider, as a ball played into the captain allowed him to break in on goal and, as he was forced wide by Chan Ka-Ki, he coolly turned on the by-line to play a pass to the on-running Gemmill, who deservedly fired the fourth past two Honk Kong XI defenders on the goal-line.
Hong Kong League XI were only limited to a couple of chances, after initially looking dangerous on corners in the first half.
Udebuluzor had a half-chance in the first half and in the second period, Yeung Hei Chi forced a goal-line clearance, when his shot eluded Scotland goalkeeper Rab Douglas.
Vogts made a number of substitutions late on, notably giving goalkeeper Paul Gallacher a Scotland debut, when he replaced Celtic's Douglas in the final stages.
Vogts will be pleased that his young Scots finished their difficult tour of the Far East with a win, as he looks forward to the European Championship qualifiers.
Turkey play South Africa in the final of the four-team tournament later on Thursday.