Hurling-Shinty: Scotland 3-6-4 (23) Ireland 2-3-4 (14)
Ireland head into next Saturday’s deciding senior Hurling-Shinty International in Newry with a nine-point deficit, after succumbing to their first away defeat since 2007 at Bught Park, Inverness on Saturday.
Michael Walsh’s young side, which included nine debutants, found it tough against a hungrier Scotland side who delivered a stunning display, with Man of the Match Kevin Bartlett delivering 18 points.
A string of powerful saves from Scotland keeper Stuart MacDonald in the closing stages, including one from a Conor Lehane shot, ensured Ireland have a lot to do to retain the series in Pairc Esler next weekend.
Scotland led by 9-4 after 22 minutes, with Roddy MacDonald scoring a goal.
Scotland moved 13-6 ahead at the interval, with MacDonald’s second goal coming two minutes after the restart.
Maher pegged a goal back for Ireland, but Scotland were strong defensively late on, with Bartlett’s second goal 12 minutes from the end confirming a nine-point win.
SCOTLAND: S MacDonald, J Barr, C Cormack, S MacDonald, F MacRae, C Millar, L Munro, P MacArthur (0-0-1 ), J MacDonald, R MacDonald (2-0-0 ), K Bartlett (1-6-3 ), G Innes, L MacKay, G Irvine.
Interchange Subs: S Nicolson, S Morrison, F MacKintosh, J MacRae, C Cruden.
IRELAND: E Reilly, M Burke, D McInerney, P Divilly (0-0-1 ), J Egan, D English, P Horgan (0-0-4 ) , C Lehane (1-0-2 ), P Maher (1-0-0 ), B Murphy, S Nolan, D O’Connell (0-0-1 ), E Price, M Whelan.
Interchange Subs: C McCann, N McAuley, J McCusker, D Kettle, P Dermody.
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