Ireland lost 2-0 to Scotland at Bellslea Park, Fraserburgh, Scotland in the Four Nations semi-preofessional tournament.
Scotland made their one-man advantage tell in the second half and were the livelier side after the restart. Ireland had a let-off when substitute Philip Hobbins, only on the field one minute, blasted over from the penalty spot after 72 minutes.
Ireland continued to press forward in search of the equaliser, won a succession of corners and were unlucky to see two Alan McDermott headers go wide. Scotland doubled their lead on 83 minutes, when captain Ian Murray headed home a flicked-on corner at the near post.
Ireland made a triple substitution on 85 minutes when John Flood, Willie Doyle and John Russell replaced Colm James, Daryl Murphy and John Lester respectively. Scotland held on for the win, which lifts them to the top of the table along with Wales.