Mitch Darling returned to form in spectacular fashion as he netted a hat-trick as Ireland racked up a second win over Scotland – this time in much more impressive fashion.
Chris Nelson put the Scots in front after just three minutes, touching in a crash ball, but the Irish were back on terms two minutes later when John Jermyn fired home a penalty corner – the third in two games for the C of I man.
Ireland hit the front in the 20th minute when Darling guided home Graham Shaw’s reverse shot and the Three rock hitman scored a cracker to make it 3-1 into the second half. After fine work from Timmy Cockram and Alan Sothern, Darling made the most of the Irish dominance, finishing with aplomb.
Local boy Eugene Magee gave the keeper no chance when he fired home Irelands fourth before Darling completed the rout before Cockram shaved the crossbar to end an impressive performance all round.