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The 2019 Dublin Diaries – Part 12 (UPDATED!)

Scotland U17 made it two wins out of two as they beat Dublin U17 (10-3-3) 39-6 (0-0-6) in the second match of their Sitekit 2019 tour of Ireland at Parnell Park on Tuesday 30 July 2019.

The Scots were again cheered on from the stands by an impressive support and the large Dublin panel put up a strong fight throughout.

Ross Gordon grabbed a hat-trick whilst Duncan Matheson and Lachie Shaw both scored twice. Martin Pringle and Kieran MacPherson and Liam Borthwick scored the other Scotland goals. 

Lachie Shaw converted three two pointers taking his tally over the two matches to 23 points.

There were single point efforts from Martin Pringle, Ross Gordon, Cam Clark and Liam Borthwick.

There were two changes from the starting line-up that played Kildare U17 as Cam Clark and Conor Kennedy came in for Alistair MacRae and Lewis Clark with Cameron MacIntosh dropping back into defence.

This 7.15pm throw-in was played in light rain with the Scots, captained by Kieran MacPherson, shooting towards the changing rooms’ end of the ground in the first half.  

Lachie Shaw sent a great dead ball from wide on the left to give the Scots a two-point lead after just a couple of minutes.

Ross Gordon found the net when on 6 minutes, taking a pass from the left before sending an unstoppable shot over the keeper’s left shoulder from a central position to make it 5-0.

Lachie Shaw sent two two-pointers over the bar to make it 9-0 before Ross Gordon was denied another goal by a spectacular save.

Calum Grover had to palm away a high ball from distance before James O’Brien pulled a point back soon after.  

Ross Gordon cut the ball back from the right to allow Duncan Matheson to score whilst; just a minute later, Matheson got his second, driving an effort from right of centre into the top corner of the net.

Martin Pringle added a point on 25 minutes to make it 16-1.    

James O’Brien pulled a great point back from a wide position before he made it 16-3 on the half hour mark.

Lachie Shaw finished well, dribbling the ball in from the left side before stroking it across the keeper into the far corner of the net to make it 19-3 at half-time.

Calum Grover had to be on his toes to palm away a dropping ball from the middle of the park just 5 minutes into the second half.

Ross Gordon took a shot from a central position but the keeper flew to his left to make a diving save with Gordon taking a blow to the ribs for his trouble.  

Scotland continued to look the hungrier side in front of goal and Ross Gordon was again thwarted by a good save.

However Ross Gordon got his second goal 12 minutes into the second half, turning Liam Borthwick’s pass from the left low into the net, beating the keeper on his left side, for the first score of the second period.

Ross Gordon and Cam Clark added points before Davie Keogh and James O’Brien countered for Dublin and it was now 24-5.

Liam Borthwick was again the provider, setting up Martin Pringle to score from a central position before Kieran MacPherson’s 65 dropped straight into the net to make it 30-5.

With 5 minutes to go, Liam Borthwick took a Ross Gordon pass from the right and drove the ball low into the net to make it 33-5.

Conor Kennedy ran onto a free into the corner before crossing and the ball broke for Ross Gordon who made no mistake to complete his hat-trick.

Ireland pulled another point back and there was still time for Lachie Shaw, who opened the scoring, to take a pass from Conor Kennedy before racing down the middle and sending the ball low into the net to give Scotland the (10-3-3) 39-6 (0-0-6) win.

The Dubs complemented the Scots on their performance and said they also took much from the composite rules game, particularly developing other skills in place of catching the ball in the hand. 

It was a good end to the tour for the Scots who showed improvement from the previous night’s game and they were tested by physical but fair Dublin opponents who demonstrated plenty skill. 

Afterwards, the Scotland squad headed back to the Goblet for another superb after-match meal, again provided by the Dublin County Board.

Scotland U17 from: Calum Grover (Newtonmore); Jamie Gillies (Skye Camanachd), Daniel Sloss (Oban Camanachd); Cameron MacIntosh (Glenurquhart), Ryan Boyle (Fort William), Ryan Craig (Bute); William MacKinnon (Skye Camanachd), Kieran MacPherson (Kingussie) (captain), Cam Clark (Kilmallie); Lachie Shaw (Fort William), Conor Kennedy (Kyles Athletic); Duncan Matheson (Kinlochshiel), Liam Borthwick (Kingussie); Ross Gordon (Skye Camanachd); subs Martin Pringle (Skye Camanachd), Alistair MacRae (Fort William), Lewis Clark (Fort William)

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