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Antrim keeper Camlin foils Irish as Scots seal series draw in Belfast

 

By John Flack

An Ulster woman denied Ireland at least a share of the spoils in yesterday's 2-1 defeat by Scotland at Stormont as the three-match series ended all square.

Scotland goalkeeper Lucy Camlin, who was born in Co Antrim, pulled off a string of smart saves as Ireland tried in vain to find an equalising goal which would have been enough to win the series.

The hosts, who had won Tuesday night's game at Banbridge 6-2, trailed 2-0 in the first half but had the bulk of possession for most of the game.

However, they were unable to find a way past Camlin, who qualifies for Scotland under the residency rule having spent the required three years living there while a student in Edinburgh.

Ireland assistant coach Arlene Boyles was understandably more interested in the level of performance over the three internationals than the scorelines.

She said: "The quick turnaround after playing the previous night seemed to affect us more than Scotland and we maybe lacked a bit of energy at times.

"However, it's been a really useful exercise and it was important to get the youngsters pitch-time as we look forward to next year's World Cup and beyond."

Ireland once again paraded a youthful team, with four players having earned their first caps over the three matches.

Queen's striker Jessica McMaster again caught the eye and she was denied by Camlin early on before the Scotland keeper saved well from Chloe Brown.

The visitors took the lead against the run of play in the 13th minute when Fiona Bruce netted from a well executed penalty corner switch and then Sarah Jamieson made it 2-0 from close range nine minutes later.

A terrific cross-field pass from Brown three minutes before the break found Gillian Pinder, who won a set-piece from which she drilled the ball home.

Ireland dominated the second half but could find no way past Camlin.

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