Tuesday 20 March 2018

Irish hope home comforts can put stylish Scots to bed

IRELAND Schools manager Ollie Horgan will be hoping to make good use of home advantage for the final time this season and keep his 100pc record intact when reigning Centenary Shield champions Scotland visit tomorrow, writes Gavin Earley.

The man from St Eunan's College in Stranorlar is debuting as boss this season, and with an opening-day win to his name following the 1-0 victory against Northern Ireland in Limerick two weeks ago, he will be eager to keep the good results coming.

Clonkeen College's Paul Moffat was the hero at Pike Rovers FC a fortnight ago, and Horgan will be hoping someone in green can prove to be the difference tomorrow as Ireland play their final home game of this campaign.

Waterford's RSC is the venue for tomorrow's game as Scotland -- who finished level at the top with Northern Ireland last year -- look to bounce back from their recent defeat to Wales.

Scotland opened their season with a resounding 4-0 win over Northern Ireland before Horgan's side inflicted a second defeat on the North a week later.

If Ireland can beat Scotland, they will go into their away double header in April with a chance of winning the title they won in 2010.

Carmathern will host the clash with Wales on April 12, before the finale against England on the 26th.

IRELAND: E Comerford (CBS High School, Clonmel), E Hyland (Oatlands College, Stillorgan), A O'Donnell (Carrigaline CS), P Sweeney (Colaiste Raithin, Bray), R Matthews (Clonkeen College, Blackrock), P Moffatt (Clonkeen College, Blackrock), C Horgan (Colaiste Einde, Galway), B Lenihan (Presentation Brothers College, Cork), B Sheedy (Colaiste Iosaef, Kilmallock), S Maguire (CBS Kilkenny), D Morrissey (Midleton CBS), S Russell (Colaiste Phadraig, Lucan), J Doherty (Comeragh College), R Lehane (Douglas Community School), T Molloy (Colaiste Iognaid, Galway), P Whyte (Castleisland Community College), F McMahon (St Macartan's College, Monaghan), J O'Brien (Yeat's College, Galway)

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