Ireland overcame Scotland by 3-10 (25 points) to 2-9 (19 points) in the first leg of their annual Hurling/Shinty international.
Antrim player Neil McManus was impressive for the winners and he was ably supported by his county colleagues Cormac Donnelly and Barry McFall as well as Armagh’s Ciaran Clifford.
Pat Horgan (Cork) was outstanding for Ireland scoring 3-8 of their overall total.
Ireland might have won by a much greater margin had Scotland not staged a late rally that brought them much closer to their visitors’ total which lends added spice to next weekend’s meeting between the sides at Cusack Park, Ennis.
Meanwhile, Ulster’s Pat McEnaney, chairman of the National Referees Committee, has expressed concerns in relation to the refereeing in this year’s All-Ireland Hurling Championship.
McEnaney believes that while two red cards were shown in the competition there should have been more.
McEnaney’s committee have carried out an in-depth study of the championship and believe that some referees erred on the side of leniency and his conclusion will be shared by many who watched some of the games.
“I think that seven or eight other offences in the championship merited red cards so you could say that we got things only 16% right,” pointed out McEnaney.
Fermanagh champions Lisbellaw proved vastly superior to Armagh representatives Cuchullains in the Ulster Intermediate club hurling championship.
Lisbellaw, who beat Lisnaskea in the Erne county decider, won by 3-14 to 1-9 having established their authority by half-time in what turned out to be a rather one-sided encounter.