Drew McNeil's side will seek to redress the balance in Inverness this weekend and return home with some confidence after their latest performance against the Irish.
There is some justification for that given that the Scots played with courage and flair on Saturday. That was all the more impressive since they faced an Ireland side which is replete with big hitters and two goals on home soil will now be enough to cancel out the deficit.
Kevin Bartlett was able to amass four points in Dublin with ground strikes and the Scot believes that his side can overcome their Irish visitors this weekend. "Although Ireland won, I felt the game was the closest it has been for some time," said the Lovat player. "If we can keep the ball on the surface in Inverness, we can bring it back and get the result."
In addition to Bartlett's score, Scotland's other goals came from the camans of Finlay MacRae and Liam MacDonald, with the latter then scoring a single hit. MacRae was on target again after the break and Sean Nicolson also notched two point ground hits before John MacRae, Glen MacKintosh and Steven MacDonald each grabbed singles.
They would be behind at the break, though, after goals from Cahir Healy, Graeme Mulcahy, Neil MacManus and Jack Kavanagh for Ireland. The hosts were also served by single-point strikes in open play from the hurleys of Eoin Price, Brendan Maher and MacManus.
Those strikes bruised the Scots but they will regroup on Friday ahead of the second leg of the contest. McNeil will impress upon his players a need to keep the ball low and match Ireland's physicality - with Scotland enjoying their best spells in Dublin when they pulled the Irish defence into wide areas and did not allow their hosts time to lift the ball on to their hurleys.
"I think the boys showed what they are capable of," said the Scotland coach.