WOMEN’S HOCKEY: Ireland suffer narrow 2-1 defeat to Scotland

Megan Frazer scored for Ireland
Megan Frazer scored for Ireland

Ireland suffered a narrow defeat to Scotland in the second of their three-game series.

The Green Army – who drew the opening fixture against the Scots – fell to a 2-1 loss in the second instalment.

The latest test began in similar vain to Monday’s 1-1 draw and another debutant Elena Tice took to the pitch to earn her first senior international cap.

Ireland earned an early penalty corner and looked to have moved up a gear from the first test as Graham Shaw would have hoped.

Prior to the series in Glasgow the Green Army hadn’t played an international test since the end of July when they were crowned Eurohockey II Champions.

Megan Frazer gave Ireland the lead in the 12th minute as the skilful Ulster Elk darted into the circle and fired the ball into the roof of the net on the reverse.

As the half ticked down the chances increased for the Green Army as Carroll saw her deflected effort saved and Evans shot sailed over the bar. The Scottish defence remained resolute as another Evans shot was cleared off the line by McGilveray before the half time whistle sounded.

The girls in Green increased the pressure once more and Duke had a shot on goal in the opening minutes of the second half.

A deliberate foul on Beatty earned Ireland a penalty corner but the Scottish defended well and earned a free out for the home side.

The game took a turn as Scotland scored twice in three minutes courtesy of Bruce and Robertson, the first goal a deflection and the second a penalty corner shot.

The Scots continued with the upper hand and had four penalty corner attempts in quick succession, though Smithwick and McCay were up to the defensive task to keep the score at 2-1.

The final match of the series takes place on Wednesday at 11am in Glasgow.