Women’s senior international test match
Ireland 6 (N Carroll, E Russell, K Lloyd, Z Wilson, A Naughton, C Brown) Scotland 2 (F Bruce, R Condie)
A brilliant first half performance powered a youthful Ireland to a 6-2 win over Scotland at Banbridge in their second of three test matches this week.
Cork Harlequins’ Emma Buckley became the third debutante of the week, following teenagers Sarah Torrans and Hannah McLoughlin into the team.
She was among a series of changes with Aisling Naughton, Kate Lloyd, Chloe Brown, Ali Meeke and Emma Russell coming in with Katie Mullan, Rebecca Barry, Sinead Loughran, Clodagh Cassin, Sarah Torrans and Lizzie Colvin stepping out.
They saw Ireland race into a 4-0 lead in the first half. Naomi Carroll got the ball rolling from Chloe Brown’s pass before Emma Russell added a second 14 minutes in. Kate Lloyd scored her first international goal after Jessica McMaster weaved through to set up the chance.
Zoe Wilson tapped in the fourth following a series of corners. Scotland pulled two back from set pieces in the second half with Fiona Bruce and Rebecca Condie on the mark.
But Ireland finished with a flourish with Aisling Naughton’s cross taking a defensive touch to be turned in before Brown completed the scoring with three minutes to go.
The win adds to Sunday’s draw and the two sides will return to Stormont on Wednesday afternoon for a 12.30pm closing.
Speaking after the game, head coach Graham Shaw praised his young side: “We are happy with that performance and result. I thought we had some very good attacking play and to score six goals at international level is always pleasing”.
Ireland: E Buckley, A Naughton, J McMaster, L Tice, N Carroll, H McLoughlin, G Pinder, R Upton, Z Wilson, D Duke (Capt), E Curran
Subs: C Cassin, Y O’Byrne, K Lloyd, C Brown, E Getty, E Russell, A Meeke
Scotland: D McMurray, B Ward (Capt), E Dark, K Robertson, K Cuthbert, K Belch, M Brown, R Mack, Holmes, R Condie, Lanigan.
Subs: L Camlin, L Cruickshank, E Newlands, L Swanson, C Watson, F Bruce, F Burnet