Ireland retain Shinty series after second-leg win over Scotland

Ireland's Paul Divilly battles with Scotland's Conor Cormack
Ireland's Paul Divilly battles with Scotland's Conor Cormack at Newry

Ireland overturned a nine-point first-leg deficit to win the Shinty-Hurling international series for the sixth year in a row at Pairc Esler in Newry.

Westmeath attacker Eoin Price was the star of the show, hitting two wonderful goals to finish with a 2-5 total.

Conor Lehane of Cork weighed in with seven points as the Irish earned a 16-point win on the day - 2-18 to 0-8.

Scotland's Shinty stars had travelled across the Irish Sea with high hopes of scoring a first series win since 2008.

That was following their 3-14 to 2-8 [23-14] success at Bught Park in Inverness last week.

Fraser MacKintosh and Kevin Bartlett knocked over two-pointers for Scotland's only scores of the first half.

Playing with the wind in their backs, Ireland created a succession of chances through the hard work of John Egan, Antrim's Neil McAuley and Patrick 'Bonar' Maher but a first-half wides count of 14 told a tale of missed opportunities.

Westmeath's Eoin Price was the liveliest attacker on the pitch, firing over a couple of neat scores, while David McInerney of Clare claimed a tw-pointer.

Goalkeeper Eoin Reilly came to Ireland's rescue with a stunning save from Scotland danger man Bartlett, and despite the combative efforts of John McDonald, the visitors could find no way through the Irish defence.

It was Price who set the game alight in the 39th minute with a magnificent goal, running on to Maher's pass to smash an unstoppable angled shot past Stuart McDonald.

Ireland led by 1-6 to 0-4 at the interval, and defended with discipline as their opponents pushed forward, with David McInerney, Lorcan McLoughlin and Matthew Whelan performing with courage.

Price added another eye-catching score to his tally, and despite the advantage of the gusting wind, Scotland managed just two scores in the second half.

Michael Walshe's men drove at their opponents, with Lehane and Price finishing with accuracy, and Lorcan McLaughlin and Johnny McCusker also adding valuable scores, the former bringing the sides level on aggregate in the 67th minute.

The dynamic Price settled it with a clinical finish to the net five minutes later and there was no way back for Scotland.

Ireland scorers: E Price 2-5, C Lehane 0-7, D McInerney, J McCusker 0-2 each, L McLoughlin, C McCann 0-1 each.

Scotland scorers: K Bartlett 0-6, F MacKintosh 0-2.

Ireland: E Reilly: D McInerney, D English; N McAuley, M Whelan, L McLoughlin; D O'Connell, J Egan, M Burke; P Divilly, P Maher, E Price; C Lehane, S Nolan. Subs: P Dermody, C McCann, J McCusker, B Murphy, D Kettle

Scotland: Stuart McDonald; Steven McDonald, J MacRae; C Cormack, F MacRae, J McDonald; C Millar, P McArthur, J Barr; L Munro, L Mackay, R McDonald; F MacKintosh, K Bartlett. Subs: G Innes, G Irvine, S Nicholson, S Morrison, C Cruden.

Referee: C Browne (Galway).

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