Bruce, Walters play in draw with Scots

IPSWICH Town defender Alex Bruce played the full 90 minutes as he skippered the Republic of Ireland in a 1-1 draw against Scotland in the B international at Airdrie last night.

IPSWICH Town defender Alex Bruce played the full 90 minutes as he skippered the Republic of Ireland in a 1-1 draw against Scotland in the B international at Airdrie last night.

Town team-mate Jon Walters, making his first appearance at this level, played 62 minutes before being substituted in what was his first international appearance since scoring twice for the Under-21 side against Switzerland in 2004.

Republic of Ireland coach Pat Devlin was delighted with his side's display.

“I'm very, very pleased with the outcome - some of the lads were fantastic,” he said.

“We got them all on and that was the most important thing, but from a result point of view it was disappointing to lose the goal.”

Meanwhile, Ipswich Town goalkeeper Shane Supple was on the bench as the Republic of Ireland Under-21 side defeated Bulgaria 1-0 in a European Championship qualifier.

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