Ireland claimed the International shinty series with a 2-9 to 1-11 win over Scotland in Inverness.
Tipperary star Brendan Maher was the Irish hero as his 75th minute goal sealed the win and series.
Ireland headed into the game full of confidence after their 5 point winning margin in last weekend’s first test in Athy however with the weather conditions perfect for hurling, the hosts soon overcame that deficit as they raced into 1-06 to 0-00 lead with just over 30 minutes gone, Finley Rae scoring Scotland’s opening goal on 7 minutes.
If Ireland were shell shocked they certainly didn’t show it and instead showed tremendous character to register points from Willie Hyland and Craig Doyle with Joe Bergin’s goal making it a 6 point game at the half time whistle.
With 25 minutes to go, Gary Innes, instrumental in his country’s late flourish in Athy last weekend, scored a point to put Scotland 1-11 to 1-07 ahead however that would be the last score for the hosts as Ireland took control of the game.
Hyland again proved to be a key man for the Irish as he added another point with Michael Rice also getting in on the act before Maher’s decisive moment sent the Hurling-Shinty series win Ireland’s way.