Ireland Hurling-Shinty team manager Joe Dooley knows his side will have to deliver another top drawer performance if they are to claim the series overall, with a second Test against Scotland in Inverness next weekend.
Ireland overcame the Scots on a 1-16 to 2-8 scoreline at Geraldine Park in Athy yesterday and the former Offaly boss is fully aware that another tough challenge awaits his men next Saturday.
"We were five points up at half-time and we finished with five points to spare, but it was a battle right through the game," he said.
"I thought the lads hurled very well. We scored 16 points today, and that many points on a day like today is not easy."
The hosts' defence came under huge pressure throughout this contest. Goalkeeper Patrick Mullaney from Laois pulled off some superb saves over the course of the 80 minutes, and particularly in the opening half.
"Patrick made some great saves in the second half as well. Everybody played their part and nobody was looking for the handy ball.
"Everybody gave what they had, including the four substitutes we brought in as well. It's only half-time, we are only five points up and home advantage has to be worth a few points to them. We have nothing won yet."
Eleven counties are represented in the 18-man Ireland panel. There are players from Mayo, Tyrone, Wicklow and Kildare mixed with those from Liam MacCarthy Cup counties such as Kilkenny, Tipperary, Offaly, Laois, Antrim and Westmeath.
Dooley says it is great to have players from a variety of counties and levels involved in the hybrid game.
"Shane Morley and Damian Maguire from Mayo and Tyrone got game-time playing with Eoin Kelly, Brendan Maher, Joe Bergin and others," he added.
"It is great for them and that's the beauty of the game. You have players mixing from every county and there is good camaraderie there.
"Most of them have played together over the last couple of years and we are looking forward to the next day."