Late Kidd strike scuppers Ireland's Celtic Cup hopes
Published 06/06/2011 | 05:00
Nicky Kidd's low drag-flick five minutes from time in Largs, Scotland yesterday meant Ireland's wait for another Celtic Cup hockey success will continue for another year.
With Wales thrashed by both nations earlier in the weekend, Ireland's ladies needed a victory from the decisive showdown with the Scots to claim the title they last won in 2006.
Enjoying the edge in possession and territory, Lisa Jacob went closest for the Irish, hitting the frame of the goal from broken play.
Aine Connery was the fulcrum of the attack, but could not convert her chances. Nor could the set-piece team break the deadlock from six penalty corners -- it was this facet of the game which helped produce the 5-0 success over Wales.
And it cost Ireland dearly when Scotland counter-attacked late on and Kidd netted, thus extending their winning streak to three games, despite residing six places lower in the current world rankings than the Irish.
But, despite the result, Ireland's head coach Gene Muller was quite upbeat.
"We created more scoring chances than in previous matches against them, so I did take a lot of positives."
Ireland -- E Gray, H Bowe, L Colvin, A Connery, M Harvey, L Jacob, S McCarthy, S McCay, A O'Flynn, J O'Halloran, C Sargent, E Smyth, A Speers (capt), C Watkins, M Crowley.