Narrow defeat for Scotland U21 women away to England

Scotland U21 women lost 3-2 in a very close match away to England as the Scots prepare for U21 EuroHockey Championships in Ghent.

The first half was a very even and competitive encounter, with Scotland creating more chances than the home side.

It would be England who would take the lead however, with a strike at the end of the first half to go in 1-0 at the break.

The third quarter saw England go 2-0 ahead but the Scots would strike back before the end of the quarter. Lucy Williamson slammed the ball home through a direct strike to pull the score back to 2-1.

In the final quarter Scotland went chasing the game and got hit on a counter attack down the right that saw the home side go 3-1 ahead.

Georgia Jones came close to scoring for Scotland but her reverse shot was well saved and kept the Scots out.

The scoring wasn’t finished yet, however, and with the last attack of the match Ellie Mackenzie smashed home a rebound to make a final score of 3-2.

Head Coach Neil Menzies said, “It was a really close game. We played well in the match and created more chances than England, but a slight spell where we lost patience saw us lose a couple of goals. We had some good chances from corners, which we could have done better with, but it’s a good start to the series and gives us plenty to build on for the next match.”

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