Cross and McKibbin debuts in Irish draw with Scotland

Men’s senior international test match

Scotland 1 (K Bain) Ireland 1 (B Walker)

Ireland handed debuts to Tim Cross and Peter McKibbin as they drew their first of two test matches against Scotland at a very wet Glasgow National Hockey Centre.

The tie saw Kirk Shimmins, Stu Loughrey, Jeremy Duncan and goalkeepers Dave Fitzgerald and Mark Ingram come back into the line-up with Luke Madeley out with a foot injury.

Pouring rain made for tough conditions and a very even opening to the match. Neither side created any clear opportunities in the early stages and the teams looked evenly matched in the opening quarter.

Ireland fashioned a chance at the end of the first quarter but the effort was well saved at the near post by Tommy Alexander; the ball looped into the air and over the bar.

They also had the best openings of the second quarter, hitting the crossbar while Alan Forsyth stopped a corner shot on the line.

The opener came for Ireland when Benjamin Walker forced the ball home in a crowded D, 1-0 to the visitors with 13 minutes to go.

But Kenny Bain scored the equaliser when he lifted the ball home at the far post for 1-1 with six minutes to go. The two sides meet again on Sunday at 1pm.

The Irish women, meanwhile, will play Italy on Sunday at 4pm in Stormont.

Scotland: T Alexander, T Atkins, C Duke, M Bremner, A Bull, A Forsyth, R Harwood, L Morton, C Golden, M Collins, D Riddell

Subs: H Galt, K Bain, A McQuade, E Greaves, C Falconer, C MacKenzie D Forrester

Ireland: D Fitzgerald, J Jackson, J Bell, S O’Donoghue, S Murray, M Robson, B Walker, D Walsh, P Gleghorne, L Cole, S Cole

Subs: T Cross, M Nelson, K Shimmins, P McKibbin, J Duncan, S Loughrey M Ingram

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