SIX members of Glasgow Gaels made their Scotland debuts in last week’s defeat to Kilkenny at Peterson Park.

Eoin Meaney, JP Langan, Neil McParland, Patrick Cremin, Paul Duffy and Aidan Kerlin made their international bows, adding to a strong panel of men selected from Gaels, Tír Conaill Harps and Dalriada.

It was a tough first outing for the Scotland men as they faced a refreshed Kilkenny side. The ‘Cats’ travelled over on the day and must have been just as relieved as the home side that the day that called for thunderstorms and torrential rain, seemed to hold off for most of the match.

Scotland started strongly with two well taken points from play, with the Kilkenny side seemingly starting to settle in and get into their stride.

They were strong running off the shoulder and made the most of every attack. In particular Kilkenny’s Ian Duggan (Mullinavat) was superb in his finishes, and Conor Joyce (Rower Inistioge) was clinical in his free taking.

With the clever deployment of a sweeper system, the Scotland men found it difficult to get through the Cats’ defence as Kilkenny found themselves in a comfortable lead at half time.

The Cats continued to rack up the score in the second half, deploying some very quick running off the ball up the middle. There were many bright spots in Scotland’s play, in particular the work rate in the half back and midfield lines. However, they found it difficult to convert their chances into points.