Ireland’s women complete clean sweep against Scotland

The Irish women completed a clean sweep in their three-game series against Scotland at Glasgow Green to start their hectic summer schedule in confident fashion.

Graham Shaw’s side ran up a 6-2 win on Saturday afternoon before following up with a 5-1 result on Sunday.

Chloe Watkins lays off a pass under pressure from Kaz Cuthbert. Pic: Scottish Hockey

It added to last Thursday’s 1-0 success – Naomi Carroll scoring the only goal – to give Ireland their most comprehensive set of results against the Scots, though the respective summer targets mean bigger challenges remain ahead.

The green army are in the last eight weeks of their preparations for the World Cup while Scotland are looking much longer term with the 2019 Europeans their next major event.

On Saturday, Ireland were 3-0 up inside the first quarter with Emily Beatty rebounding early on to set the ball rolling. Yvonne O’Byrne finished off a corner routine before Deirdre Duke roofed a great shot for the third.

Ellen Curran added a fourth before half-time and while Scotland got a couple in the second half, Zoe Wilson and Anna O’Flanagan made sure Ireland were always a long way out of range.

Sunday was a similar story, again moving into a four-goal lead. Katie Mullan pulled on her reverse from the baseline to kick-start things.

Carroll snuck in front of her marker to nick the second and Shirley McCay played in Hannah Matthews for 3-0 at half-time. McCay then assisted Beatty for the fourth who also closed out the scoring in the last few minutes.

Next on the agenda is a couple of games against England on Tuesday and Wednesday in Lee Valley, the World Cup venue in London, before Canada come visiting next week for three matches in Dublin.

In total, Ireland will play 17 warm-up matches in an intense build-up ahead of their July 21 date with USA on day one of the World Cup.

Women’s senior international test match (both at Glasgow Green)
Saturday: Ireland 6 (E Beatty, Y O’Byrne, D Duke, R Upton, Z Wilson, A O’Flanagan) Scotland 2 (L Lanigan, C Watson)
Sunday: Ireland 5 (E Beatty 2, H Matthews, N Carroll, K Mullan) Scotland 1 (H McKie)

The Irish women following the third test. Pic: Scottish Hockey

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