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Tim Cross and Peter McKibbin
Tim Cross and Peter McKibbin

By John Flack

Ulster players John Jackson and Michael Robson celebrated notable milestones in Glasgow yesterday on a high note as Ireland defeated Scotland 2-1 to win the two-match series following a 1-1 draw between the teams on Saturday.

Jackson won his 250th cap while Robson brought up a century of senior international appearances in the game which saw Ireland come from behind to win after an improved display.

At the other end of the scale, Irish-qualified Australian Tim Cross and Lisnagarvey defender Peter McKibbin made their debuts in Saturday's opener.

Cross holds an Irish passport and is eligible to represent his adopted country as the required three-year period since he last played for Australia has now elapsed.

Both the 28-year-old and McKibbin (22) will be hoping to make the final cut for the squad for next month's European Championship in Antwerp which will be announced in the next couple of days.

McKibbin's Garvey team-mate Jonny Bell, who captained Ireland, was happy with the weekend's work.

He said: "Games between us and Scotland are usually close but we were pretty dominant, especially in the second one.

"It was great that John and Michael were able to have a double celebration as they have been such great players for Ireland and Peter acquitted himself well too.

"We only met Tim for the first time at training last weekend but he has fitted in very well on and off the pitch and he looks a great find."

In yesterday's game, the hosts went ahead through Alan Forsyth in the 10th minute.

But Ireland hit back nine minutes later when Robson set up Jeremy Duncan for the equaliser before Ben Walker, who scored in Saturday's draw, grabbed the winner in the 47th minute.

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