No goals at GBSL

21 April 2012



Graham Moodie, Scotland`s newly appointed under 21 coach, now knows he has a mountain to climb as he watched his young charges lose 8-0 to English side Pennine Pumas in their opening game of the Great Britain Super League at Lillieshall yesterday. 

The former Athens Olympian hoped to use the GBSL tournament to cast his eye over his squad as the initial build-up for the European Junior Nations Championships in Den Bosch  this summer.

Although the Pumas controlled most of the play the Scots, under the name of Caledonian Cougars, had a couple of chances in the first half, Clydesdale`s Peter Baldwin was unlucky with his shot.   An excellent move down the left exposed the English defence, Ross McIntyre`s resulting cross was just missed by a diving Fraser Sands at the back post.

After the interval the young Scots were restricted to a single chance, Grange`s Duncan Riddell won a foul, he then drove directly into the circle but his resulting shot went wide of the right hand post.


Scotland`s under 21 women also drew a blank with a 3-0 reversal against English side Pennine Pumas.   Kelburne`s Stevie McInally had a gilt-edged chance in the first half before there was any scoring, but her rebound shot sailed over the bar. 

In 43 minutes Scotland gained their only penalty corner of the game, but Ali Howie`s effort was saved by the English goalkeeper.  All the English goals came from second phase rebounds from penalty corners.


Watsonians finally qualified for the promotion play-off spot with a 2-1 win over AAM Gordonians in Aberdeen, they now play CALA Edinburgh for the right to play in the first division next season. 


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