Ireland 1 (Pinder)
Scotland 2 (Bruce, Jamieson)
Scotland women won the final game of a three-match series against Ireland with a 2-1 victory in Belfast. The result meant both sides clocked up a win in the series with the opening encounter ending all square.
The first chance of the match came in five minutes for Ireland when a quick break set Rebecca Barry free in circle, but the Scots defence was alert and cleared the danger well.
Ireland then tested Lucy Camlin in goal when Chloe Brown shot on target, but the keeper saved well to keep the match scoreless.
Scotland’s defence was on its toes again at Ireland’s first penalty corner of the match and cleared the danger when the ball was mis-trapped in execution. Scotland then tore forward and won a penalty corner of their own when the ball bounced off a foot in the 13th minute.
The Scots used the opportunity to hit the back of the net when a deflection by Fiona Bruce gave Elizabeth Murphy in the Ireland goal no chance. 1-0.
The goal was timely and Scotland ended the quarter with their noses in front.
Early in the second quarter and Scotland was denied a second goal when Murphy blocked and effort on goal with a solid save.
The second goal for Scotland would come soon enough and it was struck by Sarah Jamieson. A turnover on the Ireland 22 set up a two-on-one opportunity and Jamieson provided a nice finish to make it 2-0.
The hosts were denied a goal in retaliation when Camlin pulled off an excellent save from a drag flick to keep her clean sheet intact.
Camlin’s clean sheet was gone a short while later when a neat penalty corner finish by Gillian Pinder pulled one back for Ireland just before half time.
Scotland came out strong after the restart and controlled the game but found Ireland defending well.
On 34 minutes a penalty corner for Scotland saw a drag flick zip wide of the target as the Scots looked to cement their lead.
Ireland was next to strike at goal from a penalty corner and the drag flick was well saved by Camlin to keep Scotland in front.
Then Emily Dark had the ball in the back of the Ireland net but the umpire chopped it off for an apparent back stick in the build-up.
A goalmouth scramble almost gave Ireland the equaliser but the danger was cleared as the quarter ended with Scotland maintaining the 2-1 lead.
Scotland’s defence looked organised and strong as the game came to a close with Ireland playing a kicking back.
A final penalty corner was padded clear by Camlin to keep Ireland at bay and claim victory for the Scots.
Scotland Head Coach Gordon Shepherd said, “There was a lot of character shown by the players today after a difficult defeat yesterday. The young players also showed the character needed to bounce back and put in a good performance today.
“We deserved to win the match and could have scored more goals. The forward line was looking really good and there was an even balance across the team. It’s pleasing to see the squad bounce back and get a good win to finish off the series.”
Previous results in the series:
22/10/2017 – Ireland 1-1 Scotland
24/10/2017 – Ireland 6-2 Scotland
25/10/2017 – Ireland 1-2 Scotland