Electric Ireland Senior Women make it 2 from 2 vs Scotland
The two sides had already met each other on Tuesday night with Ireland running out 4-1 winner on that occasion and today was another high intensity battle at the Glade. Scotland came out with all guns blazing in the early period of the game putting the hosts on the back foot and under pressure. Quality chances were at a premium though in the game and despite shading the play in the first half Scotland couldn't force a lead. Ireland's best chance of the first half came following good play be Nicci Daly to win Ireland's first penalty corner of the game. Lisa Jacob though saw the resulting flick well blocked though and the chance went begging for the Green Army as both teams remained on level terms at 0-0 as they headed for the break.
Ireland started the second half with renewed vigour though and slowly gained control of the tight battle. Their dominance was rewarded when Anna O'Flanagan struck well following good interchanging play from Niamh Atcheler & Nikki Symmons who eventually worked the ball to the UCD woman who coolly lifted the ball over the onrushing Scottish keeper to make it 1-0. Ireland made the game safe within a minute as they followed up their good play with yet another sweeping move that this time was slotted home neatly by Megan Frazer to make it 2-0. It capped off a decent performance from the Green Army and ensured they picked up their second win of the week which will no doubt build confidence in the group.
Speaking after the game, Electric Ireland Senior International Coach, Darren Smith said "The game had plenty of passion and commitment but the match reduced in quality a little because of this. Scotland were very effective in their pressing and were able to generate opportunities off their commitment to close down defenders. We need to be able to show higher levels of composure under this sort of pressure"
Ireland will face Scotland for the final time tomorrow at 12pm at Mossley Hockey Club, Newtownabbey