Ireland snatch a draw in Scotland
Updated: Monday, 10 Jun 2013 20:08
Hermes’ Lisa Jacob struck late in Edinburgh to earn Darren Smith’s Ireland team a 2-2 draw against Scotland in the first of two matches to be played in the course of 24 hours.
The visitors started brightly, with Jacob going close within a minute.
It didn’t take long for the breakthrough to come though as Ireland seized the initiative as Audrey O’Flynn drilled a penalty corner low into the bottom corner.
Ireland continued to create chances in the early exchanges, with Jacob going close again and Nicola Gray seeing her goal from a penalty corner chalked off for dangerous play.
Scotland slowly but surely grew into the game despite the early setback and forced three penalty corners in a row midway through the first half.
O’Flynn went close again from a penalty corner in the 28th minute, before Scotland’s Nikki Kidd levelled the game up with a powerful drag flick on 30 minutes.
Scotland made a lively start to the second half, with Kidd again going close with a penalty corner before grabbing the lead with an almost identical effort.
Ireland responded well and went close through
pushed on in an effort to get back in the game and went close through Anna O'Flanagan on a number of occasions.
Ireland grabbed their equaliser in the final minute of play when debutant Kate Dillon worked her way down the left and slid the ball to Jacob to slot home for a deserved draw.
Ireland: Smithwick, Smyth, McCay, Pinder, Jacob, Small, Carroll, Frazer, O’Flynn, Atcheler, Gray.
Subs: Harvey, Duke, Dillon, Speers, Watkins, O’Flanagan.