Walsh hails Ireland’s display as brave Scots dismissed

Ireland 1-15 Scotland 0-14

Boosted by Kilkenny duo Jackie Tyrrell and Richie Hogan, the visitors held the hosts to just one point in the closing 30 minutes.

Scotland led by 0-11 to 0-10 at half-time, with Kevin Bartlett scoring five two-pointers, and a Glen McKintosh point edging Drew McNeill’s charges ahead at the break. Ireland kept in touch thanks to the efforts of captain Neil McManus; Laois’s Cahir Healy; Kerry’s Darragh O’Connell and Gareth ‘Magic’ Johnson of Down.

Patrick ‘Bonnar’ Maher netted for Ireland eight minutes after the break and though Scotland drew level, five unanswered points provided a platform for Ireland.

“I was delighted we again created that bit of space in the second half and ‘Bonnar’ Maher got in for a fantastic goal,” said Walsh. “I think that was the crucial score. All our players gave everything, our defence over the two days was magnificent.”

Earlier a quartet of second-half goals helped Ireland U21s to their eighth victory in a row, following a 4-9 to 2-4 win over Scotland.

The sides were level at 0-4 apiece at the interval, but Ireland opened up on the restart. Galway’s Jason Flynn was impressive while Antrim’s Matthew Donnelly claiming Ireland’s first goal to open up a six-point lead.

Scotland edged back with a Duncan MacRae goal, but goals from Antrim’s Stephen McAfee, Kerry’s Bryan Murphy and Offaly’s Stephen Quirke saw Ireland home.

Ireland scorers: N McManus 0-7; R Hogan 0-4; P Maher 1-0; G Johnson 0-2; D O’Connell, C Healy 0-1.

Scotland scorers: K Bartlett 0-12; G MacKintosh, C Cormack 0-1.

IRELAND: E Reilly, A Graffin, J Tyrrell, B Maher, D English, C Woods, D O’Connell, E Price, C Healy, P Divilly, G Johnson, P Maher, R Hogan, N McManus.

Interchange subs: D Cullen, J Kavanagh, K McKiernan, D McNicholas, N MacAuley.

SCOTLAND: Stuart MacDonald, N Campbell, D Irvine, J Barr, D Cameron, Steven MacDonald, J Hutchinson, S Nicolson, F MacRae, C Cormack, F MacKintosh, G MacKintosh, K Bartlett, L MacDonald.

Interchange subs: C Cruden, L Bain, K MacRae, J MacRae, S MacKintosh.

Referee: Dick Cameron.

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