Thursday 21 November 2019

Hat-trick hero Horgan steals the show

Ireland 3-10 (25) Scotland 2-9 (19)

Coilin Duffy Hurling-Shinty International

All-Star nominee Patrick Horgan was in superb form as Ireland claimed victory at Bught Park, Inverness.

The Cork ace bagged 3-8 as John Meyler and Michael Walsh's charges made a winning start to the Series.

Ireland led until the finish, once Horgan snatched his opening goal in the fourth minute, though Scotland fought back in the second half after trailing 16-6 at the interval.

Horgan's third goal gave Ireland a 16-point cushion with five minutes remaining, but a late goal flurry from the hosts, with Callum Cruden and Neil MacDonald netting five-pointers, meant that just six points separated the sides at the full-time whistle.

"Certainly the concession of the two goals in the last 10 minutes flattered the scoreboard," Meyler said. "It gives us things to work on ahead of next week."

Meyler had particular praise for Cork attacker Horgan. "Patrick gave a fantastic display of skill and control on the ball," he said.

Scotland manager Drew McNeil is thankful that his side still have a realistic shot of winning the series.

"Relieved is probably the best way to describe it," he said. "We were lucky to get the two goals and thankfully it keeps the tie alive."

Scorers -- Ireland: P Horgan 3-8 (23); S Dooley, N McManus 0-1 each. Scotland: K Bartnett 1-6 (11); C Crudden, N Macdonald 1-0 (5) each; Steven MacDonald 0-2; N McPhee 0- 1.

IRELAND -- B Rochford, J Clarke, C Clifford, S Clynch, S Dooley, C Donnelly, S Fennell, P Horgan, P Maher, N McManus, B McFall, T Murnane, B Murtagh, D O'Connell, E Price, P Reidy, D Shaw, T Walsh.

SCOTLAND -- S Mackintosh, N Campbell, J Barr, D Irvine, D Cameron, N Macdonald, F MacRae, N Macphee, S Nicolson, J Stewart, K Macrae, K Bartlett, L Munro, C Cruden, M MacDonald, D Smart, D Howie, Steven MacDonald, Stuart MacDonald.

REF -- B Wotherspoon (Scotland)

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