Kidd double downs Ireland in first Scottish tie

International Challenge Match
Scotland 3 (N Kidd 2, N Lloyd) Ireland 1 (M Frazer)

Ireland’s women fell to a 3-1 loss to Scotland in Glasgow in the first of five international games in nine days, falling at the hands of a side ramping up their preparations for the Commonwealth Games.

Nicola Lloyd tapped in Aileen Davis’ early cross but Irish skipper Megan Frazer levelled with a low bullet from the top of the circle to tie things up.

But two goals from Nikki Kidd – one just before half-time, the other with two minutes remaining – saw the Scots win out.

Coach Darren Smith rang the changes with teenage goalkeeper Ayeisha McFerran donning the pads while former captain Alex Speers made her first appearance for the side since the turn of the year.

Deirdre Duke, Vaness Surgeoner and Yvonne O’Byrne were also brought in to the side that claimed silver in the Champions Challenge I in May, giving the side a youthful look. Stella Davis, meanwhile, came off the bench to make her international debut and made a couple of strong saves.

Commenting on the match, coach Smith said: “We displayed a huge amount of effort, work rate & desire throughout the match. Players were running hard and chasing back for 70 minutes.”

“What was lacking was a structure to our game and our basic skills let us down. This resulted in significant turnover and an inability to create attacking pressure.  I am sure that over the next two days we will see improvement in both areas. Scotland did look strong after a decent block of full time training and played some good hockey during the match.

Smith went onto pay dues to Keeper Davis “Congratulations to Stella Davis for making her debut and even better she made three excellent saves in the 2nd half.”

Starting line-ups
A McFerran, C Sargent, E Smyth, A Speers, S McCay, M Frazer, V Surgeoner, A O’Flanagan, D Duke, K Dillon, Y O’Byrne

Scotland: A Gibson, C Ralph, S Robertson, L Clement, A Wyllie, L Fawcett, N Kidd, S McGilveray, N Skrastin, E Maguire, A Davis

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