Series wins for Scotland U16s and U18s boys’ and girls’ in Cardiff, while U21 women lose in Glasgow
All five three-match series’ between Scotland and Wales came to a conclusion today with Scotland winning four of the contests.
Scotland U16 Boys’ and Girls’; Scotland U18 Boys’ and Girls’ all were victorious over their three matches, while Wales came out on top in the U21 Women’s series in Glasgow.
Wales U16 Girls 1-1 Scotland U16 Girls
Scotland U16 Girls finished their three-match series against Wales unbeaten with a 1-1 draw. It rounds up a successful weekend for the new squad with three competitive matches and good results.
Scotland began the game with lots of forward momentum and had an opportunity to take an early lead through a penalty corner, but they couldn’t convert.
It was end-to-end at tempo throughout the first half with both teams evenly matched, and unable to break the deadlock.
Olivia Henderson and Georgie Yuille created some great attacking opportunities from the back with a successful high transfer, putting the Welsh front line under a lot of pressure. This resulted in numerous occasions where Eilidh Seedhouse and Ellie Rutherford picked some great lines in behind and attacked aggressively up the right side of the pitch.
Against the run of play in the third quarter Wales opened the scoring by suckering Scotland on a swift counter attack.
Molly Byers was doing well, remaining calm throughout periods of high pressure and stole back the ball to eliminate a number of threats.
On the 50th minute Scotland were back on level terms. A well-worked short corner was delivered by Jess Thain and converted by Niamh Green to equalise.
In the end it was a draw but a strong team performance for Scotland to finish the series unbeaten.
Wales U16 Boys 1-3 Scotland U16 Boys
Scotland U16 Boys made it three wins from three when they beat Wales 3-1 to complete a series that saw 15 players get their first cap for Scotland.
Scotland flew quickly out the traps again and put Wales under lots of intense pressure from the start.
The opening goal came from a Charlie Jack penalty corner, finished well into the bottom corner to make it 1-0.
Scotland’s excellent first half continued, and Euan Menzies added his name to the score sheet with a calm and composed finish; the goalkeeper was big and aggressive, but Menzies calmly rolled the ball home for 2-0.
The third goal for Scotland had Menzies score an almost carbon copy of his first; another calm and composed strike to beat the goalkeeper and put Scotland 3-0 ahead at half time.
The three games began to take its toll on Scotland in the second half and tiredness gave the Welsh opportunity to apply pressure.
It went to 3-1 as Wales attacked and it was very nearly 3-2 but for an excellent goal line clearance by David Macrae. Jamie Croll and Macrae were excellent for Scotland in the second half under Welsh pressure, and the Scots held on for a 3-1 win to complete the series with a 100% win ratio.
Scotland U21 Women 1-5 Wales U21 Women
It was a tough day for Scotland U21 Women at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre as they were defeated 5-1 by Wales. The result sees the Welsh win the series with two victories and a draw in Glasgow.
Scotland started the game well and dominated the early play, winning a succession of penalty corner but they were unable to convert.
Then Wales had a couple of penalty corners of their own, the second of which was hammered home in a straight strike from the top of the D. 1-0.
A defensive mistake early in the second quarter allowed Wales to score their second, the ball was flicked into the far side of the goal for 2-0.
Scotland pulled one back when Cat Booth stepped up to coolly convert a penalty flick high into the net to make it 2-1.
Two minutes later and Wales made it 3-1; a free hit on the left saw the ball played into an open channel for the ball to be flicked goalward and then deflected high into the net for the goal.
Near the end of the third quarter it went to 4-1 through another direct strike from a penalty corner before a fifth strike in the final quarter.
Wales U18 Boys 1-8 Scotland U18 Boys
Scotland U18 Boys were on top form as they completed their three-match series against Wales with a very impressive 8-1 win. The result means Scotland win the series and rounded off a great weekend in style.
From the first whistle the Scots were in charge and the opening goal came midway through the first quarter via a Fraser Moran drag flick.
The second quarter brought another two goals for Scotland with Andrew McAllister hitting the net before Archie Sweeting bagged his first goal for Scotland to make it 3-0.
Jake Inglis scored the first goal of the second half with a strike similar to a tennis smash; the ball was above his head and he powered it down and into the net for 4-0.
Another goal was scored by Moran and an excellent strike by Fraser Heigh; the ball was stolen in the Welsh press and the Scotland break was slick for Heigh to finish on the reverse.
Wales pulled one back to make it 6-1 before Ralph Weissen and Euan Burgess completed the scoring to give Scotland a tremendous 8-1 victory and a series win.
Wales U18 Girls 2–4 Scotland U18 Girls
Scotland U18 Girls’ defeated Wales 4-2 to win their three-match series with an excellent victory in Cardiff. A hat-trick from Ellie MacKenzie and a strike from Holly Walder gave Scotland their goals in a very warm Cardiff series finale.
The intensity of the Scots play went up a notch for this match and it was an impressive hardworking performance from the team.
The game’s opening goal came in the second quarter and it was Ellie MacKenzie who struck. Scotland won the ball high up the pitch and Jenn Tait did well to set up MacKenzie at the top of the D to strike home for 1-0.
A few minutes later it went to 2-0 as Scotland won a corner on the buzzer and Holly Walder’s shot deflected off a Welsh defender and into the net for 2-0.
Scotland were well on top by this point and enjoyed lots of possession. They were playing hard and doing lots of running, covering a lot of ground on the pitch.
In the third quarter, however, Wales pulled one back as some brave Scots defending was not enough to stop the Welsh forcing the ball over the line for 2-1.
Wales then equalised; a shot from the top off the D deflected up into the air and over the goalkeeper to make it 2-2.
Scotland then showed good character to take hold of the game in the final quarter MacKenzie made it 3-2 when she rounded the goalkeeper after a good attack down the right for Scotland.
MacKenzie completed her hat trick towards the end when she volleyed from a penalty corner rebound to make it 4-2, and an excellent series win for Scotland in Cardiff.
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