Ireland push Scotland to a 1-1 draw

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Team Scotland – Photos Courtesy of Andy Laing/ISN

June 22,2014(ISN) – With the Commonwealth games just around the corner a short 30 days away Scotland took on Ireland at one of the new venues built for the Commonwealth Games. The National Hockey Center is situated at Glasgow Green and is located close to the City Centre, near the River Clyde, and the park is home to all sorts of interesting features, including the Doulton Fountain and the magnificent Victorian People’s Palace Museum and Winter Gardens. Glasgow Green will also host the start and finish points of the Marathon and the Road Cycling and Time Trial events.

Ireland came out strong and over powered Scotland in the first half, with Scotland’s first real chance on goal coming after 30 minutes. Ali Bell put the ball across the goal with Nikki Lloyd being unfortunate not to get a touch to finish.

Ireland dominated the first half and were unlucky to score before half time with O’Flanagan taking a straight strike in a penalty corner but just went wide of the goal.

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Ireland’s Katie Mullen (24) takes on an outstretched Rebecca Merchant (16) Photos Courtesy of Andy Laing/ISN 

Scotland started the second half eager to perform better, having a penalty corner within a few minutes in of play and attacked strongly. It was end to end play with Ireland pushing the Scottish defence but with ten minutes left Scotland stepped up the pace with a Sarah Robertson goal being disallowed as the whistle was blown earlier for dangerous player in the D.

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Scotland’s Susan McGilveray makes her pass – Photos Courtesy of Andy Laing/ISN

Both sides kept pushing for a goal before the final whistle with a penalty corner for Scotland seeing Nikki Kidd drag flick the ball to the right of the keeper to give Scotland the lead.

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Photos Courtesy of Andy Laing/ISN

Last action of the game saw a penalty corner to Ireland with Emily Beatty converting a well-deserved goal for Ireland to draw the game 1-1.

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 Final Score – Photos Courtesy of Andy Laing/ISN

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