Two more wins for Scotland U16 Girls’ to complete series against Ulster
Saturday 8th June- match 2 of series
Scotland U16s girls won their second game in the three match series against Ulster 4-3.
The match began with Ulster applying the early pressure on the Scottish defence which was soon relieved by a string of passes to work their way into the Ulster circle to gain a penalty corner. This was diffused by the Ulster defenders.
An interception in Scotland’s half lead to a breakaway attack by Ulster culminating in a reverse hit into the left top corner of the goal.
Scotland then went on a period of attack which after a couple of short corner opportunities and a save off the line was finally rewarded with a penalty corner being converted by Ava Smith to bring the score level at the end of Quarter 1.
14 minutes into the second quarter another Ava Smith cross found Livvy Hogg at the back post for a well-timed deflection into the net to give Scotland the lead.
Jess Mitchell in the Scotland goal put in a great save to diffuse a dangerous Ulster counter attack, coming off her line quickly to add pressure.
The lead was quickly further extended by a successful Jessica Barr half volley shot.
The second half started well for Scotland with an early goal for Jessica Barr via a deflected cross into the net bringing the score to 4v1.
Ulster than had a strong period of attack with Ava Yip in goal being called upon to make a number of saves to keep Ulster out.
Ulster made a strong start to the fourth quarter with another breakaway attack leading to an early goal. Scotland mounted a number of counter attacks gaining two penalty corners which were just wide.
Another Ulster breakaway led to Ava again being called upon to make a one on one save. In the final minute Ulster scored again to bring in a final score of Ulster 3-4 Scotland.
Sunday 9th June- match 3 of series
In the final match of the series Scotland readjusted their game plan to try a number of new positional plays. Scotland got off to a ferocious start to the game. A quick break led to a great hit from Ava Smith to Eilidh Seedhouse who deflected it past the Ulster goalkeeper within the first two minutes.
Scotland then put full pressure on the Ulster defence which lead both Erin Lawrence and Livvy Hogg to score fantastic goals making it 3v0 to Scotland at half time.
Jess Mitchell in the Scotland goal was called upon to make a great save on a breakaway by Ulster.
Ulster came out fighting after half time winning them three short corners which were saved by Ava Yip. Nicola Fletcher made a fast break with the ball in Ulster’s “25”, spinning round the goalie and flicking the ball into the goal making it 4v0 to Scotland.
Ulster then split the pitch putting Scotland under pressure, made the steal from defence and having a quick shot from the top of the D managed to get it past the goalie bringing the score to 4v1.
In the last minutes of the game Ulster scored another from a deflection at the back post bringing the final score to 4v2 to Scotland.
Both teams played exciting hockey over the three match series and it was a great experience for all of the girls.
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