Tough day for Watsonians at the women’s indoor Euros


Slavia had lost their previous two games and there was optimism that Watsonians could capitalise on their poor form, but the Czechs rose to the occasion and finished 4-3 winners.

Unfortunately that result dragged the Scottish champions to the foot of the table and only a win against host side Gaziantep Polisgucu can now save them from bottom place in the pool and relegation…and perhaps also some favourable results elsewhere.

Rebecca Jones put Watsonians ahead in nine minutes and that is how it stood at the end of the first quarter despite Slavia missing from the spot.   But two goals in as many minutes from Nikol Babicka gave the Czechs a 2-1 lead at the break.

Five minutes into the second half Emily Dark levelled at 2-2 from a penalty corner only for Babicka to score again for her hat-trick and a 3-2 lead.  But just before the end of the third quarter Ellie Wilson equalised from a penalty corner…and it was all to play for in the final ten minutes.   Unfortunately it was Slavia who emerged with the winner from Adela Lehovcova.



Only a win against the host club Gaziantep would give Watsonians a chance of staving off relegation, but it was a 6-1 defeat.

It started off promisingly enough when Emily Dark opened the scoring for the Scots in seven minutes, but by the end of the first quarter Songul Fatma had the interval.

And that was the end of Watsonians resistance as the Turks piled on the goals in the second half, Fatma scored again and there were doubles for Yeter Celik and Perihan Cinar to complete the 6-1 reversal.

It looks like Watsonians will play Ireland`s Railway Union to avoid the wooden spoon today.






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