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Dave Ford kicked two early penalties to give Scotland a 4-0 lead before Paul O?Connor skillfully caught and grounded a bomb in the same move to make it 4-4.
That was how it stayed until half-time after both sides missed chances to go in with a lead. Ireland?s Martin Cormack just failed to latch onto a grubber kick before it went over the dead-ball line, while Ford?s attempt at a penalty hat-trick went centimetres wide.
But in a second-half with few chances, Dave Simm?s try and Ford?s conversion gave Scotland a six-point lead with 12 minutes remaining.
The Irish eyes were well and truly not smiling in this game after Lian Julian?s late try was ruled out for a forward pass and Dougie Thompson finally settled the match with a fieldgoal two minutes from time.
SCOTLAND 13 IRELAND 4
SCOTLAND: Dave Ford, Mark Webster, Calum Morrison, Dougie Flockhart, Andy McPhail, Mike Murphy, Lee Spence, Ryan Black, Bobby Bahadori, Chris Fletcher, Dave Simm, Ross Marshall, Stuart Dunbar, Andy Grey. Subs: Dougie Thompson, Tony Williams, Barry Earl, Sam Onions, Dave Jones, Dave Birchall.
Tries: Simm (68) Goals: Ford 4/5 Fieldgoal: Thompson
IRELAND: Dave Heathwood, Ben Tolman, Keith Armstrong, Danny Shaw, Ste Smith, Gaz Simpson, Jimmy Giblin, Matt Clarke, Martin Cormack, Dave Bulmer, Luke Garnett, Paul Lane, Lian Julian. Subs (all used): Paul O?Connor, Adam Walsh, Dave Hudson, Chris Harwood, James Gross, Shaun Quinn.
Tries: O?Connor (17)
Gamestar: Stuart Dunbar who set up Simm?s winning try to cap off an excellent game.
Gamebreaker: Dougie Thompson?s fieldgoal.