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Scotland U18 Girls lose first test match against Ireland in Glasgow

08 July 2017

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Scotland U18 Girls’ lost to Ireland 3-0 in the first of three test matches at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre.

The first quarter started at pace and the Scots seemed to settle quickly. They moved the ball around well but were unable to penetrate the Irish defence. It was a similar story for Ireland, who also moved the ball well but could not convert any of their few chances in front of goal. The score at the end of the first quarter was 0-0.

In the second quarter the Irish came out strong and applied pressure early to the Scots. A few good saves by the Scottish goalkeeper kept the Irish at bay. It looked as the game progressed it would be a similar story to the first quarter, however the Irish scored to end the first half leading 0-1.

The third quarter started and Scotland came out strong. Some good build up play from the back gave the scots a few chances in the Irish D, but they were unable to upgrade to a penalty corner or a goal.

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The Irish then continued to attack the Scottish goal and were rewarded with a well taken goal from open play into the top right corner, the score now 0-2.

The Irish now enjoyed a lot of the ball and continued to add more pressure. They were rewarded with a penalty corner which was saved well by the keeper. Shortly afterwards the ball struck a Scottish player on the line and the Irish were awarded a penalty stroke. They were unable to covert the penalty flick, but were able to score a third from open play following a turnover from the Scots.

The fourth quarter started with the Irish continuing to apply pressure to the scots, but the Scottish girls held strong and it was they who had a few chances towards goal, but were unable to test the Irish defence. With seconds on the clock the Irish found themselves in the Scottish D, but were unable to get shot away before the final whistle went.

Photos by Duncan Gray

 

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