Six of the best for Scotland
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.
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