Capital sextet help Scotland 21s to beat Hungary

Hearts keeper Jack Hamilton played the full 90 minutes
Hearts keeper Jack Hamilton played the full 90 minutes
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SIX Capital players helped Scotland Under-21s record a 2-1 victory over Hungary in a friendly in Tatabanya.

Hearts quintet Jack Hamilton, Jordan McGhee, Callum Paterson, Sam Nicholson and Billy King, plus Hibs midfielder Danny Handling, took part as the Scots came from behind to win.

Hamilton and McGhee played 90 minutes, while Paterson, Handling and Nicholson were replaced in the second half and King came off the bench.

Scotland, under nterim manager Danny Lennon, trailed to Szenes Bence’s opener on the hour, but two goals in the last five minutes from Aberdeen striker Laurence Shankland took the victory.

Lennon handed the captain’s arm-band to one of his former St Mirren proteges John McGinn. And it proved a wise choice as the midfielder took control of the game with his clever passing. Sporting Lisbon playmaker Ryan Gauld glanced a header wide as Scotland dominated but failed to find the breakthrough by the break.

The visitors looked like they might pay when Bence pounced on a lose ball to fire past Jack Hamilton after 62 minutes.

The Jambos keeper denied the Hungary striker a second with an excellent diving save but Shankland stepped up to the rescue with five minutes left, steering a well-placed header past Nagy for Scotland’s equaliser. Nagy pushed away two more chances, the first from Shankland before he came up with the winner as he bundled home from close range in stoppage-time.