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Elks skipper Frazer helps Ireland draw with Scotland

By John Flack

Ulster Elks captain Gemma Frazer made her senior international debut yesterday when Ireland and Scotland fought out a 1-1 draw in the first match of the three test series in Glasgow.

Frazer came off the bench after five minutes as a rolling substitute and had a solid game in the Irish midfield.

It was the proverbial game of two halves with Ireland, playing their first match since winning the European second-tier title in August, dominating the first and their hosts shading the second.

Graham Shaw's team got off to a dream start when poor defending allowed UCD's Deirdre Duke to make her way to the goal-line before crashing a backhand shot low into the net.

The Scots were pinned back in their own 22 for much of the remainder of the first half and Ireland captain Megan Frazer had a penalty corner well saved by Nikki Cochrane two minutes later.

Rebecca Condie had a chance from a set-piece at the other end but Ireland defended it well.

Katie Mullan, one of six Ulster players in the squad, then saw her effort saved by Cochrane as the Irish continued to dominate.

Ireland were left to regret those missed opportunities in the 32nd minute when Fiona Bruce's cross was deflected into the net by Becky Merchant.

The Scots upped the pace after the interval and Merchant had a number of chances to grab the winner only to be denied by Stella Davis in the Irish goal.

Today: Scotland v Ireland (Glasgow, 12noon).

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