Scottish Women’s Hockey Team – Pictures Courtesy of Andy Laing/ISN
June 22, 2014 (ISN) Scotland were the first on the score sheet with a great run across the D from Ali Bell to slip the ball to the far post to the Scottish captain Linda Clement for her to tap in the ball to take the lead 1-0.
The Spanish were attacking well but the Scottish defence were doing well to deny them any opportunity in the D. With 20 minutes gone Spain pulled it back to draw level with Lucia Ybarra tapping the ball in at the far post.
Scotland Captain Linda Clement Closes down Spain’s Maria Lopez – Pictures Courtesy of Andy Laing/ISN
Scotland were straight on the counter attack and soon Scotland scored another, Ali Bell tapping in the rebound from the keeper to make it 2-1. It was end to end play and Spain were awarded were soon awarded with a goal, Beatriz Perez stretching to tap in the ball past Gibson making it 2-2. Scotland had a penalty corner in the dying minutes before half time with the Spanish goal keeper making a great diving save to deny Nikki Kidds drag flick.
Spain Celebrate Scoring – Pictures Courtesy of Andy Laing/ISN
Both sides came out in to the second half hungry for a goal, it was end to end play and on the 47th minute Spain’s Contardi gets a slight touch on a fast ball in the D to put it past Gibson to make it 3-2.
Scotland stepped up the pace and moved the ball round the pitch well with solid defending from Leigh Fawcett in the middle and Aileen Davis making a brave save on the line from a penalty corner.
Nicola Skrastin leads an attack on the Spanish defense – Pictures Courtesy of Andy Laing/ISN
Unfortunately as much as Scotland pushed they couldn’t get another goal on the score sheet, with the final score ending 3-2 to Spain.
They play Spain again on Saturday at 9am and Sunday 11am at the National Hockey Center in Glasgow.
Report by Scottish Hockey