After last years success extended Scotland's home record to four victories over Ireland in the Marine Harvest shinty-hurling international series all eyes were on Inverness yesterday as a new management team led by Manager Garry Reid embarked on a tough test against our Irish cousins who selected a squad from 13 counties.
After a strong start from Ireland Scotland were facing a nightmare scenario being 10-2 down at half time. Kevin Bartlett converting Scotland's only points in the first half from a free hit.
In the second half with the wind at their backs the Scots came roaring back into it with another two free hits from Bartlett before an Andrew MacCuish single making the score 12 -7 .
With less than a quarter of the match remaining the score line was narrowed further after a goal mouth scramble led to a lifeline for Scotland with a Glen MacKintosh finish that brought the score back to 12-10.
The win arrived for Scotland when Greg Matheson grabbed a point from long range effort making it 12 - 11 before he followed this up with another strike soon after to equalise. The match was sealed by Bartlett's late winner.
Scotland won the match 14 - 12 and the Scottish crowd went home delighted having witnessed a truly unique match unfold. After a freak accident caused Captain Grant Irvine to leave the field with a few minutes remaining the crowd were delighted to see him recover in time to walk up the steps to lift the Marine Harvest trophy.
Our thanks and appreciation to all the players, coaches, officials, staff, volunteers and supporters that made yesterday possible. To our Irish friends and opponents from the GAA and to all our player sponsors, business club sponsors and match sponsor Marine Harvest. Final thanks to Inverness Council and Inverness Common Good for their support for this years events.
Official match photos to follow.