men lost their second match of Hockey World League 2 in Belfast 4-2 in a
shootout after the game finished 2-2 in normal time.
got off to a great start with an early goal, a ball in from the right was
deflected goal-bound by Ed Greaves to give Scotland the lead.
struck back immediately with an equaliser from Benjamin Carless; he buried a
penalty corner into the corner of the net to make it 1-1.
Blue Sticks responded instantly via Alan Forsyth to give Scotland a 2-1 lead.
Forsyth was clinical from a penalty corner when he hammered the ball into the
net from the top of the D to make it 2-1.
very entertaining first quarter continued as Benjamin Francis drilled the ball
just wide for Wales. However it was Scotland in control - the hockey was
electric and the Scots were dominating the match.
had the chance to further their lead when they were awarded a penalty stroke
when a Welsh foot stopped the ball on the line. Kettle sprung into action again
when he saved Alan Forsyth’s penalty stroke low to his right to keep the score
2-1 to Scotland.
the second quarter it was end-to-end stuff as David Kettle made some good saves
in the Welsh goal as the Scots broke at pace.
had a couple of chances from a penalty corner; a scramble in the D saw blue
jerseys pile in on goal, but the ball was eventually forced clear by the Welsh
in the Wales goal continued making some very important saves including a dive
to his left from a one-on-one with Lee Morton. Wales made it to half time with
the Scots leading 2-1.
third quarter was very even as the Scots allowed the Welsh back into the
contest. A good save by Tommy Alexander in the Scotland goal kept his side in
the lead; saving low with his legs from a penalty corner.
Blue Sticks instantly won a penalty corner of their own but failed to convert
from a swift move on the left, which found a shot saved low at the post by
another penalty corner for Scotland was saved by Kettle. A quick pass out right
found the keeper out quickly to block.
up the other end of the pitch and Rupert Shipperley fired the ball across the
circle for Wales but found nobody on the other end of it.
Wales looked strong in the final quarter, edging
possession but unable to penetrate the Scottish D.
Wales then equalised
through Gareth Furlong to draw the game level with seven minutes to go – a
penalty corner slammed low against the backboard to make it 2-2.
late equaliser resulted in a draw at full time and a penalty shootout to decide
Prosser was first up for Wales in the shootout and scored, Willie Marshall
followed for Scotland and failed to convert. Alexander saved James Carson’s
effort for Wales before Alan Forsyth was denied to keep the score 1-0 to Wales
in the shoot-out. Liam Brignull made it 2-0 before Lee Morton converted for
Scotland to make it 2-1. Owain Dolan-Gray made it 3-1 before Gavin Byers scored
to pull it back to 3-2. Benjamin Francis won it for Wales when he scored to
give the Welsh a 4-2 win in the shoot-out.
men’s Head Coach Derek Forsyth said, “It’s disappointing to lose the match in a
shootout. The match was ours to win, in the first half especially we created
plenty of chances to score more goals. In the second half we allowed Wales too
much time on the ball; we weren’t as aggressive as we were in the first half
and let them back in.
performance was better than the previous game’s performance, and it gives us
something to build on for the match against Poland.”
Greaves, Alan Forsyth)
(Benjamin Carless, Gareth Furlong)
(Lee Morton, Gavin Byers)
Wales 4 (Lewis Prosser, Liam Brignull, Owain Dolan-Gray, Benjamin Francis
next match is against Poland on Tuesday (14/03/2017) at 10:00.
Wale's next match is against France on Tuesday at 12.45pm
more info on World League 2 in Belfast click HERE
credit – Duncan Gray