Six of the best for Scotland
04 June 2011
Scotland opened their account in the annual Celtic Cup with a six goal defeat of Wales at Inverclyde yesterday, a great boost for coach Gordon Shepherd as he continues his preparation for the Champions Challenge in Dublin later this month.
A blistering start for the Scots, in the first minute Nikki Kidd drove up the right wing and her cross was swept high into the Welsh net by Ailsa Wyllie for the opener.
Wyllie was causing the Welsh defence all sorts of problems, Catriona Ralph sent a long ball out of defence which found its way to the Grove Menzieshill striker, only for her deflection to sail narrowly past the post. In 10 minutes the Scots went two up, Nikki Kidd scored Scotland`s first penalty corner with a fierce drag flick to the keeper`s left.
The Scots continued to dominate proceedings and could have increased their lead by the interval. In 27 minutes Linda Clement had her shot blocked by the keeper, and minutes later Laura Bartlett`s effort was again saved.
Ten minutes into the second half Dundee Wanderers` playmaker Vikki Bunce borrowed her way into the Welsh circle and unleashed a vicious low shot past the stunned Welsh keeper for Scotland`s third. It was not long before the home side were four up, a long ball by Emily Maguire found Linda Clement running across the circle and the Grove player neatly deflected the ball home.
The goals kept coming as the Scots totally controlled proceedings, good work by Judge and Clement opened up the Welsh defence leaving Kidd with a simple tap in for the fifth. With seven minutes left Scotland converted their second penalty corner when Catriona Ralph hit a well-struck shot low to the keeper`s right to complete the scoring.