This match was closer than the scoreline suggests but Scotland U17 eventually powered to a (5-3-5) 26-7 (0-0-7) win over Kildare U17 in the opening match of their Sitekit sponsored Ireland tour at St Conleth’s Park on Monday 29 July 2019.
Lachie Shaw grabbed a hat-trick whilst Liam Borthwick and Conor Kennedy also found the net.
Lachie Shaw took his tally to eleven points with a two-pointer whilst Ross Gordon and Calum Grover also converted two-points.
Conor Kennedy totalled four points with an effort over the bar. Lewis Clark, Kieran MacPherson and two singles from Duncan Matheson completed the Scotland scoring.
With the pitch at this 6,200 capacity stadium in perfect condition, this was a competitive contest from the throw-in.
There were close things at both ends before the Scots, captained by Ryan Craig, worked the ball across goal from the right and Liam Borthwick turned the ball low into the net from the right of the box on 8 minutes.
Lewis Clark won a race for the ball with keeper Alo Hackett to add another point but the Scots were being continually tested and Eoin Kelliher pulled a point back with a great effort from wide on the right.
The match was flowing from end-to-end with Kieran MacPherson notching a Scotland point whilst, at the other end, it took a couple of good challenges from Daniel Sloss and Jamie Gillies to keep Kildare at bay.
The Irish pulled another couple of points back, either side of a Duncan Matheson counter, and some great Alo Hackett goalkeeping stopped the Scots finding the net again.
Lachie Shaw opened his account with a good two-pointer from wide on the left and Scotland led 8-3 at the break.
The visitors made a storming start to the second half with Duncan Matheson and William MacKinnon both forced good saves in quick succession before Duncan Matheson struck a point from the right.
Eion Kelliher was on target again but Scotland responded as Martin Pringle surged forward, playing a neat one-two but his effort from the left went across goal and wide of the far post.
Eion Kelliher and Conor Kennedy exchanged points before Cian Shanahan left the Scots in his wake as he soloed down the left before cutting inside. He looked sure to score before Daniel Sloss came across to challenge and the ball went out of play off the Irish player.
Liam Borthwick was denied a second by another great save before the Lachie scored the goal of the match, turning the ball home after good lead up play from William MacKinnon and Liam Borthwick.
Ross Gordon cut the ball back from the right, setting up Conor Kennedy to find the net before Kennedy saw another shot saved but Lachie Shaw turned home the rebound.
With Cameron MacIntosh very effective in midfield, Lachie Shaw completed his hat-trick with a smart back-hand strike and Scotland now led 22-7.
Eion Kelliher and Ross Gordon swapped two-pointers before the skilful Eion Kelliher snatched another point.
Scotland goalkeeper Calum Grover made an outstanding save, diving full length to his right to keep out a low Cian Shanahan shot.
As the match moved into stoppage time, Conor Kennedy saw an effort turned around the post and Scotland keeper Calum Grover, who was clearing the ball great distances throughout, was given the chance from the resultant 65 and he sent a great drive straight between the posts to make it 26-7 and complete the scoring.
The match was played in good spirits with no bookings.
This was an excellent work-out for the Scots and both squads and coaches met up for an after-match meal, provided by our hosts.
Scotland U17 from: Calum Grover (Newtonmore); Jamie Gillies (Skye Camanachd), Daniel Sloss (Oban Camanachd); Alistair MacRae (Fort William), Ryan Boyle (Fort William), Ryan Craig (Bute) (captain); William MacKinnon (Skye Camanachd), Kieran MacPherson (Kingussie), Cameron MacIntosh (Glenurquhart); Lachie Shaw (Fort William), Lewis Clark (Fort William), Duncan Matheson (Kinlochshiel), Liam Borthwick (Kingussie); Ross Gordon (Skye Camanachd); subs Conor Kennedy (Kyles Athletic), Martin Pringle (Skye Camanachd), Cam Clark (Kilmallie)