Victory for Scotland women against Wales in Durham

Scotland women beat Wales 1-0 in Durham in a well-earned hardworking victory. The Scots have now won five out of their last six games as they build towards the Commonwealth Games, and the EuroHockey qualifiers this summer.

Scotland played the match at a very high tempo and the high pace of the game made the play a little ragged in the early stages.

The Tartan Hearts enjoyed lots of the ball around the Welsh circle throughout the match but were kept at bay by a very tight defence.

There were chances however; four penalty corner attempts came close to finding the net and Jess Ross was also denied by an excellent save low to the right.

Scotland scored a deserved goal in the 38th minute; the ball was won deep in the Scotland half and Katie Robertson, on the break, played a lovely pass to Sarah Jamieson. Jamieson took the ball on the left side of the Welsh circle and struck a fantastic shot on the reverse into the far corner to make it 1-0.

Millie Steiger had a great game for the Scots and was exceptional defensively playing in midfield, while Sarah Robertson was at the heart of everything inventive playing high in midfield.

There would be no further goals for Scotland but the victory continues the team’s great run of results.

Head coach Chris Duncan said, “We can play better than we did today but it’s a good win. With the teams we know we’ll be playing this year we’re trying to play at a higher tempo and we’ll gain more composure the more we play this way. We were solid defensively and we were worth the win even if we did grind it out.

“It was great to see Louise Campbell play her first game back after being out for nine months, and I thought Millie Steiger was brilliant today. We’ve won five of our last six games now and that shows a good winning habit, which we’ll look to build on in the games ahead.”

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