DUBLIN (AFP) - Ireland were eyeing another famous win over England after restricting Eoin Morgan's team to 201-8 in a rain-affected one-day international at Clontarf on Thursday.
Despite losing to the Irish in the World Cup in March, England opted to make a host of changes for this match and included three debutants in a side captained by Dubliner Morgan for the first time.
England's understudies found it hard going as new boys James Taylor and Ben Stokes made just four between them in a match reduced to 42 overs after a rain delay.
The visitors were given a solid platform from a century stand between Morgan, who made 59, and Jonathan Trott, who top-scored for England with 69.
But they failed to capitalise and Ireland will fancy their chances of chasing down a target to be decided by the Duckworth-Lewis rules.
John Mooney took the new ball for Ireland in the absence of the injured Trent Johnston and started well, dismissing Craig Kieswetter for 14 when the wicketkeeper edged to Niall O'Brien took a smart low catch.
Taylor began his international debut with a risky single and his innings ended moments later when Boyd Rankin had him caught at mid-wicket from a mis-timed pull.
There had been some unhappiness among the hosts about England's decision to field an under-strength team. But the Irish crowd still gave a warm welcome to Morgan before rain forced the reduction in overs.
Kevin O'Brien was the hero of Ireland's World Cup win over England in Bangalore, hitting 113 in 63 balls.
He fared less well with the ball here as Morgan hit him for consecutive boundaries to take the total past 50 after the resumption.
Morgan also hit George Dockrell for six and brought up his 50 from 52 balls before Trott followed him to a half-century off his 78th delivery.
Paul Stirling made the crucial breakthrough when the off-spinner found Morgan's leading edge and made a diving return catch.
Ravi Bopara, one of the senior figures in the squad, wasted a chance to impresss as Nigel Jones had him caught behind for two.
With 10 overs remaining, that double strike left England at 139-4, with a second debutant at the crease in Stokes.
The 20-year-old Durham all-rounder made just three before becoming Stirling's second caught-and-bowled victim.
When Samit Patel was dismissed by Jones for 13, England had surrendered four wickets for 29 runs.
Trott's 105-ball innings ended when his uncharacteristic heave found Jones in the deep off Mooney, but Chris Woakes and Scott Borthwick rallied in the closing overs to see the visitors past 200.