Women's International: Ireland 1 Scotland 2

Scotland completed a clean sweep over Ireland as Rebecca Merchant’s goal 10 minutes from time proved the decisive goal in three on Sunday afternoon at Havelock Park.

Scotland started the quicker in a game delayed 30 minutes due to a sleet storm, winning three corners inside 15 minutes while Ireland’s chances were limited to a Nikki Symmons short corner strike in the latter stages of the half and Cathy McKean’s shot flashing wide, after Shirley McCay’s through ball.

On the hooter, though, Louise Munn got a simple tap in to out the Scots ahead.

Megan Frazer went close early in the second half, unfortunate to slip after a well-worked two on one.

McKean, though, levelled matters from a switched corner deflecting in Emma Stewart’s strike. The Scottish replied within 120 seconds, though, forcing a corner. Emma Grey saved well but Merchant snapped up the rebound via a cruel deflection from Cliodhna Sargent’s stick.

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