Beatty rebound earns draw for much improved Irish

Senior Women’s international challenge match
Scotland 1 (N Kidd) Ireland 1 (E Beatty)

Emily Beatty’s last gasp corner goal saw Ireland salvage a 1-1 draw against Scotland in their two-test series in Glasgow this afternoon, bouncing back from their Friday night 3-1 loss.

The UCD winger pounced on a last minute rebound off Amy Gibson from to snatch the tie just two minutes after Scotland had taken the lead via Nikki Kidd.

Scottish goalkeeper Amy Gibson is unable to keep out Emily Beatty's late goal Pic: Ian Buchan

Scottish goalkeeper Amy Gibson is unable to keep out Emily Beatty’s late goal Pic: Ian Buchan

Kidd had been the destroyer in chief in the first game, netting twice and she held her nerve with three minutes to go to shoot down Stella Davis’ right-hand side for the only goal.

Ireland came out strong in the early stages and over powered Scotland in the first half, with the host’s first real chance on goal coming after 30 minutes when Ali Bell put the ball across the goal with Nikki Lloyd being unfortunate not to get a touch to finish.

Ireland dominated the first half and were unlucky to score before half time with Anna O’Flanagan taking a straight strike in a penalty corner that went just wide of the goal.

Scotland started the second half eager to perform better, having a penalty corner within a few minutes in of play and attacked strongly. It was end to end play with Ireland pushing the Scottish defence with Emma Smyth and Chloe Brown both having crosses whizz across the face of goal.

Cliodhna Sargent’s powerful penalty corner hit came the closest for Ireland, deflected just wide by a Scottish post-woman on the line with eight minutes to go, kick-starting a late flurry of action.

Scotland stepped up the pace with a Sarah Robertson goal being disallowed as the whistle was blown earlier for dangerous player in the D. Both sides kept pushing for a goal before the final whistle with a penalty corner for Scotland seeing Nikki Kidd drag flick the ball to the right of Stella Davis in the 67th minute.

But, with the last act of the game Beatty converted a well-deserved goal for Ireland to draw the game 1-1. Ireland now head to Mori in midweek for a Tri-Nations event against hosts Italy and Wales.

Ireland: A McFerran, C Sargent, E Smyth, S McCay, M Frazer, N Carroll, C Watkins, K Mullan, A O’Flanagan, D Duke, A Meeke
Subs: S Davis, Y O’Byrne, C Brown, N Evans, G Pinder, A Speers, E Beatty

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