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Marine Harvest Shinty-Hurling International: Ireland Struggle As Scotland Retain Title

On what was a frustrating day for Ireland as they struggled to get to grips with the mixture of the rules of Shinty and Hurling. As Scotland deservedly retained the Marine Harvest Shinty/Hurling International title in Inverness.

Kevin Bartlett opened the scoring for Scotland with a free as Scotland started brightly and took the game to Ireland.

Ireland replied through a point through  Cha Dwyer who had his shot deflected over the bar by Scotland’s keeper. O’Dwyer then got another quick fire point to level things up once again.

Bartlett then added two points to Scotland’s score before adding another point to the which was blocked and deflected by the Irish defence for just the one point.

Not content with sitting back the Scottish put Ireland under pressure and Roddy Macdonald added another point to the score for Scotland.

Offaly man Shane Dooley reduced the damage to three as Ireland tried to work their way back into the game but were sloppy as struggled to get used to playing the ball on the ground and were struggling to find the target and hit a number of wides in the first half.

Scotland added four points from two frees through Bartlett before half time to go into half time seven points ahead.

Ireland took the game to Scotland in the opening minutes of the second half and thought they had scored only for it to be disallowed for offside. Highlighting the Irish player’s difficulty in getting used to the new set of rules for the fixture.

Bartlett left off where he finished in the first half putting a free over the bar after 12 gave a free right in front of the posts.

Stuart Macdonald got down well to save from Dwyer as Ireland went in search of a goal with Dwyer and the rest of the Irish team wondering what else would it take for them to get something from the match.

Bartlett extended Scotland’s lead to 10 on 66 minutes which virtually wrapped up the win for Scotland.

Scotland had a chance to make things worse for Ireland and grab a goal through Scotlands stand out player Bartlett. As he had a free by the side line saved by Eoin Reilly who showed great skill with his hurl to keep the ball out.

Ireland managed to add a score through Micky Boyle in the dying embers of the game wrapping  up a disappointing display scoring the last point of the game, as it ended 0-14 to 0-5.

Scorers for Scotland: Kevin Bartlett 0-13 (11f, 2 sideline), Roddy MacDonald 0-1

Scorers for Ireland: Cha O’Dwyer 0-2, Micky Boyle 0-2, Shane Dooley 0-1

Scotland: Stuart MacDonald, Steven MacDonald, Finlay MacRae, Andy MacKintosh, Rory Kennedy, Lee Bain, John Barr, Thomas Borthwick, Keith MacRae, Roddy MacDonald, Kevin Bartlett, Glen Mackintosh, Liam MacDonald, Fraser Heath, Daniel Cameron, Lorne Dickie, John MacRae, Conor Cormack, Mark MacDonald, Greg Matheson.

Ireland: Eoin Reilly, Mickey Boyle, Michael Breen, Mickey Burke, Danny  Cullen, Cian Dillon, Paul Divilly, Shane Dooley, Cha Dwyer, Damien Healy, Gerry Keegan, Patrick Kelly, Bryan Murphy, Karl Murray, Shane Nolan, David Reidy, James Toher.

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