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Wilson and Brown to the fore in classy Irish triumph

Ireland 6 Scotland 2

By John Flack

Ulster players Zoe Wilson and Chloe Brown were among the scorers as Ireland defeated Scotland 6-2 in the second game of the three-Test series at a rain-swept Havelock Park last night.

Ireland, who are using the games to prepare for next year's World Cup, led 4-0 at the break and added two more goals late in the final quarter after the Scots had pulled two back.

Head coach Graham Shaw included only seven players who had been in the match-day 18 for Sunday's 1-1 draw. Among the survivors from the opening game of the series, which concludes today at Stormont (12.30pm), were Ulster women Jessica McMaster and Wilson.

Ireland made a dream start and Ards striker Brown, who had come off the bench, set up the opening goal as her pass was collected by Naomi Carroll, who slotted home in the 11th minute.

Three minutes later it was 2-0 after Gillian Pinder's quick free found UCD's Emma Russell and she made no mistake with the finish.

Four minutes into the second quarter, McMaster showed excellent stick work to beat three defenders and Kate Lloyd netted.

Wilson then made it 4-0 five minutes before half-time when she was left with a simple tap-in after the Scottish defence had failed to clear Roisin Upton's penalty corner strike.

Scotland then put on some pressure and it was rewarded when, after their fourth penalty corner in the 39th minute, they were awarded a penalty stroke which Fiona Bruce converted.

Three minutes later it was 4-2 when Rebecca Condie's drag-flick beat Emma Buckley.

With three minutes left, Ireland made it 5-2 when Aisling Naughton's cross was deflected into the net off Scottish keeper Lucy Camlin, and Brown wrapped things up with goal number six shortly afterwards.

Meanwhile, holders Lurgan are through to the Denman Ulster Shield semi-finals after defeating Dungannon 2-1.

Lurgan needed nothing short of victory to deny their hosts a place in the last four.

Jo-Ann Wilson gave Lurgan a 23rd-minute lead but Diane Robb levelled two minutes later.

Carly Johnston hit the winner six minutes after the break to earn Lurgan a semi-final date with Mossley.

Last year's beaten finalists Queen's will face Banbridge in the other semi.

On Saturday, Queen's and Ulster Elks will be involved in the Irish Inter-varsities Championship, meaning there are just two Ulster Premier League games.

Ballymoney will go top if they can avoid defeat against North Down in Comber, while champions Lurgan host Rainey.

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