Ireland hold out to complete day of shinty wins

Ireland 1-11 Scotland 1-8

Ireland 1-11 Scotland 1-8

Ireland withstood a dramatic six minutes of injury-time as a 74th-minute goal from Offaly ace Shane Dooley ensured a clean sweep of Hurling-Shinty International wins for the visitors at Bught Park, Inverness today.

The Ireland and Scotland senior sides showed great urgency in the opening stages, but scores proved hard to come by.

Ireland opened the scoring thanks to Dooley's seventh-minute point, but Scotland had the perfect answer with their goal-scorer supreme Ronald Ross punishing the visitors in the 11th minute.

Ross doubled on a long-range free to slot the ball past Ireland goalkeeper Paddy Mullaney, before quickly adding a two-pointer to push his side four points clear.

The Irish dug deep and showed great heart before the interval with captain Tommy Walsh, Dooley and Kerry's John Griffin all adding vital scores, closing the gap to 1-5 to 0-5 for half-time.

Walsh's men burst into life on the restart as Scotland struggled to cope with their speed and accurate passing.

Scores may have been at a premium but four unanswered points in the third quarter, including two from Gareth ‘Magic’ Johnston, sent Ireland into a 0-9 to 1-5 lead.

Scotland tried hard for scores in the second half but Ireland's defence stood firm, with Laois netminder Mullaney inspirational when the stakes were at their highest.

Indeed, the hosts were held to just a single second half point as Ireland claimed their first victory in the senior Hurling-Shinty clash since 2003.

Scorers:

Ireland: S Dooley 1-3, T Walsh, J Griffin, G Johnston 0-2 each, S Clynch, J McIntosh 0-1 each

Scotland: R Ross 1-2, P McArthur, G Innes 0-2 each, N McPhee, S Nicholson 0-1 each.

IRELAND: P Mullaney (Laois); D Kirby (Meath), S O’Neill (Cork); T Walsh (Kilkenny), J Rowney (Laois), S Clynch (Meath); G Johnston (Down), Interchange: D Harney (Kildare), P McCormack (Armagh), S McCullagh (Derry), P Richmond (Antrim).

SCOTLAND: S MacNeil; A MacKenzie, J Barr; A Mackey, N Campbell, J Stewart; I MacDonald, P MacArthur, N MacPhee; R Ross, G Innes, F MacRae; H Whitelaw, N Robertson.

Interchange: S Campbell, S Nicolson, E Tembo, D Cheyne, J Gannon.

Referee: David Mitchell.

Camogie-Shinty International

Ireland 2-2 Scotland 0-0

Goals in either half from Cavan's Margaret McBride and Ashling Corr of Tyrone proved vital as Ireland powered to a 2-2 to 0-0 whitewash over Scotland in the Camogie-Shinty International at Inverness.

In mixed weather conditions, defences stood firm in the opening half until McBride burst through for a 26th-minute goal.

Ireland dominated possession in the second half with player-of-the-match Colette McSorley and Lorraine Day both very much to the fore.

Scorers

Ireland: M McBride, A Corr 1-0 each, C McSorley, L Day 0-1 each.

IRELAND C Connaughton (Roscommon); N Connolly (Roscommon), S Greville (Westmeath), K Walsh (Wicklow); N Breen (Kildare), B Murray (Armagh), R O’Connell (Kildare); M McBride (Cavan), F Bigley (Tyrone); L Day (Cavan), V Crean (Carlow), AM Doran (Wicklow); C Curley (Roscommon), C McSorley (Armagh), P Greville (Westmeath).

Interchange: R McKenna (Monaghan), R Crowe (Cavan), A Corr (Tyrone), M Coady (Carlow), S McQuillain (Monaghan)

SCOTLAND: E Cameron; E Wink, L McKay, H Dooley; L McCafferty, B MacDonald, K Myerscough; K Deans, K Smith, Y Connaughton; L Norman, K Munro, F Mathie; J Nicol, O Coughlin.

Interchange: K Drain, S Dunstaffnage, M Holohan, J Gillanders, A Gribbon.

Referee: Calum Duff (Scotland).

U-21 Hurling-Shinty International

Ireland 1-8 Scotland 0-10

A superb second-half showing saw the Ireland U-21s capture back-to-back Hurling-Shinty internationals at Bught Park in Inverness today.

Trailing by 0-8 to 0-1 approaching the interval, a 28th-minute goal from Antrim's Neil McManus turned the game in Ireland's favour.

The visitors kept up the momentum in the second half with man-of-the-match Andrew Collier of Laois and Antrim's Arron Graffin both playing vital roles.

Scorers

Ireland: N McManus 1-2, A Graffin, A Kelly 0-2 each, G Murphy, A Collier 0-1 each

Scotland: D Rodger 0-5, K Bartlett 0-4, M Rodger 0-1

IRELAND: E Reilly (Laois); P Keogh (Meath), B McFall (Antrim); J Boyle (Meath), R Jackson (Westmeath), A Graffin (Antrim); O McCloskey (Derry), A Collier (Laois), B Aherne (Kildare); N McManus (Antrim), M Miley (Roscommon), J Prior (Laois).

Subs used (interchange): E Madigan (Mayo), J Corvan (Armagh), A Kelly (Tyrone), G Murphy (Meath).

SCOTLAND: G Stobbart; D Cameron, S Morrison; M Sproule, R MacDonald, O Fraser; A MacPherson, G Irvine, R MacLeod; L MacLennan, M Rodger, D Rodger; K Bartlett, S MacMillan.

Sub used: D Howie for MacPherson (35 mins).

Referee: Tony Carroll (Offaly).

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