Ireland Club XV v Scotland XV

Energia Park, Dublin was the venue for the second-leg of the Dalriada Cup fixture, where the Scots needed to turn around a 14-point deficit from the match at Netherdale seven days earlier.

There was one change to the starting line-up with Ross Graham failing to recover from a knee injury and was replaced by Heriot’s Michael Liness.

It was a perfect start for the Scots as a break by Craig Gossman managed to find the hands of Robbie Nelson who ran in an early score under the posts, which Gregor Hunter converted.

Ireland almost struck back immediately as they looked to have gone over the line, only for a last-ditch tackle causing the ball to be lost before it was grounded.

They soon had their first points on the ball as Aidan Moynihan slotted a penalty from underneath the posts.

The lead was then reduced to a point when a driving maul earned the hosts another penalty which, again, Moynihan was successful in slotting over.

Scotland were almost over the line in the 28thminute, but some strong defence managed to get the turnaround and clear their lines.

Half Time Ireland 6 – 7 Scotland

The visitors started the second half knowing they needed to be a further 13 points ahead of Ireland at the full-time whistle if they were to retain the Dalriada Cup.

Ireland were down to 14 men five minutes into the second half after Matt D’Arcy was sin binned for a dangerous tackle.

Blair Macpherson found space to race through, but his offload couldn’t find Scottish hands as the hefty home support let out a huge sigh of relief.

Conor Kindregan then crashed over the line to put Ireland in front, with the extras added, meaning the Dalriada Cup was all but sealed.

Moynihan then stroked over a penalty almost straight from the kick off, making it 10 out of 10 successful kicking attempts for Ireland over the two legs.

However, there was still pride at stake and Pete McCallum led from the front to set up Kyle Rowe with a terrific offload, although the conversion was missed.

As the final minutes approached, it was the captain, McCallum, who stretched over to bring Scotland to within two points with the conversion to come.

Hunter stepped up and, considering the windy conditions held his nerve to bring the two sides level as the referee blew the final whistle.

Full Time Ireland 19 - 19 Scotland

Ireland Club XV:
Eamon Mills; Daniel McEvoy, Niall Kenneally (captain), Matt D’Arcy, Michael Brown, Aidan Moynihan, John Poland, Tom O’Reilly, John Sutton, Ian Prendiville, Brian Hayes, Conor Kindregan, Michael Melia, Dan Walsh, Luke Cahill, Liam Cronin, Cronan Gleeson, Adam Coyle, Jack O’Sullivan, James Murphy, Alan Bennie, Callum Smith, Jack Keating.

Scotland Club XV: Craig Gossman (Boroughmuir); Patrick Anderson (Melrose), Craig Jackson (Melrose), Robbie Nelson (Currie Chieftains), Kyle Rowe (Ayr); Gregor Hunter (Currie Chieftains), Murdo McAndrew (Melrose); Peter McCallum (Captain) (Ayr), Iain Wilson (Heriot’s), Jason Hill (Heriot’s), Blair Macpherson (Ayr), Hamilton Burr (Stirling), Steven Longwell (Ayr), Shawn Muir (Hawick), Michael Liness (Heriot’s), Conor Young (Melrose), Lewis Skinner (Glasgow Hawks), Ruairidh Leishman (Heriot’s), Jack McLean (Heriot’s), Kaleem Barreto (Glasgow Hawks), Paddy Dewhirst (Ayr), Jamie Forbes (Currie Chieftains).

live commentary 7:30 PM Friday 8 Feb 2019

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