2017 School Games Day 1 report

Match reports from 1 September 2017 at the 2017 School Games in Loughborough.

Scotland's 2017 School Games squads

Boys’ School Games: Scotland 4-4 England Red 

A dramatic final quarter saw Scotland pegged back to a draw against England Red at the School Games.

Scotland bossed the early stages of the game but it was England Red who opened the scoring. A strike by Jack Stubbings against the run of play put the English side in front.

In the second quarter Scotland found a deserved equaliser. Andrew McConnell applied the finish to bring the Scots back on level pegging.

Scotland took the lead when Jamie Golden tore through the defence and lifted the ball over the goalkeeper to make it 2-1.

In the third quarter England Red equalised from a penalty corner. After an initial save the ball was eventually forced home by Callum Bell from close range.

Golden scored his second of the match to put Scotland 3-2 in front when he clinically finished of a slick Scottish attack.

England Red went to kicking back and then scored a late equaliser from a penalty corner. Less than a minute later it was 4-3 to England Red when Thomas Russell slammed home from a tight angle.

The drama wasn’t over yet and Scotland equalised with two second remaining when Struan Walker finished off a delightful passing move with a shot into the top corner of the net.


Girls’ School Games: Scotland 3-4 England White 

Scotland girls ended up on the wrong side of a close seven-goal thriller against England White in their opening match of the School Games.

Scotland took the lead in the tenth minute through Annabel Ballantyne to put the Scots in the lead.

England White equalised right at the end of the first quarter when Zoe Ramsey found the back of the net to make it 1-1.

Within a minute of the restart and England White took the lead through a goal by Alex Went.

Scotland then scored two goals in a minute through an Erin Stevens penalty stroke and a strike by Tara Aitchison to go 3-2 up.

England White equalised for a second time in the match when Georgina Maplethorpe struck to make it 3-3 on 41 minutes.

Then came the winning strike to put England White in front and it was Isabelle Childs who finished off a penalty corner to make it 4-3.


Boys’ School Games: Ulster 3-1 Scotland

Scotland boys were beaten 3-1 by Ulster in their second match of the 2017 School Games.

Scotland found themselves 2-0 down in the first quarter. First, Mark Barlow struck to put Ulster ahead before Fergus Gibson finished off a penalty corner to double Ulster’s advantage.

The Scots pulled one back in the second quarter when Ewen Mackie struck from a penalty corner to make it 2-1.

Scotland battled hard but were unable to find an equaliser and it was Ulster who made it 3-1 through a strike by Harry Dow.


Girls’ School Games: England Blue 5-0 Scotland

It was a 5-0 defeat for Scotland girls at the hands of Ulster in their second match of the 2017 School Games.

It was a close encounter from the first whistle with neither side giving anything away. After a goalless first quarter England Blue struck half way through the second quarter through Lauren Ellwood.

It was 2-0 just before half time when Yazi Chahal found the net to provide a comfortable cushion for the break.

The score went to 3-0 in the third quarter when Molly D’Arcy Rice slammed home from a penalty corner.

The final quarter brought a couple of more goals for England Blue through Caroline Spence and Hannah de Selincourt for a final score of 5-0.

Upcoming matches

September 2 2017

16:00 – Ulster v Scotland (Girls’)

18:00 – England Blue v Scotland (Boys’)


The hashtag for the games is #2017SG and there will be a live stream of games here: http://schoolgamesfinals.org/watch-live-hockey/

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