Ireland ended Scotland’s 4-year unbeaten run in the annual Shinty/Hurling International with a dramatic 14-11 win on Saturday (31st October).
The match was played out in front of a record Scottish crowd for a Shinty Hurling International with 2,000 spectators packed into the Bught Park in Inverness. reland lifted the Colmcille trophy after a memorable second-half come back from 8-5 down, with Shane Dooley’s injury time winner sealing victory. Scotland Captain Gary Innes thought he had retained the trophy for the home side after his late free-hit levelled the scores at 11-11. But Ireland restored their advantage and held on for a hard fought victory despite more stoppage time drama as Scotland had a strong penalty appeal turned down.
Duncan Cameron, President of The Camanachd Association, was delighted with the event despite the result: “Saturday’s game was a magnificent spectacle with players on both sides giving their all. The Scottish players can be extremely proud of their efforts but credit must go to the Irish team for their commitment and determination. It was great to see such a large number of spectators turn out to watch the game - a new attendance record for a Shinty/Hurling International in Scotland.”