Scottish Hockey Men Stumble at First Hurdle

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Team Scotland hockey squad – pic courtesy of Scottish Hockey

35 July, 2014 (ISN) Lewis Benson was put out of the mens welter weight before the quarter final stage by New Zealand’s Bowyn Morgan following a judges split decision shortly after the Scotland mens hockey team lost to South Africa in the opening pool A game – a game that saw video technology used twice to the disadvantage of the hosts.

Despite the loss the Scotland team made a lap of the pitch to show their appreciation of the great support shown at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre.

Scotland’s Nicholas Parkes thought he had the ball over the line during a goal line scramble, prompting South Africa to appeal for the use of video technology.  Following a brief delay the decision was made that a Scotland player blocked the ball with their body, preventing the ball from crossing the line.

In the opening half the hosts dominated their opponents despite the Scots being 13 place below the world rankings but Scotland couldn’t turn possession into chances.

Gradually South Africa began to find a way back into the game, the award of a penalty stroke being the breakthrough after Ross Stott blocked a goal bound shot on the line from a penalty corner.  Scotland appealed the decision as they thought the shot was going wide of the goal.  The appeal wasn’t upheld and the penalty stroke was converted by Andrew Cronje.

As Scotland chased an equaliser South Africa were able to exploit a gap in the Scottish defence to make it 2-0.

South Africa are now tied at the top of pool B with India, who play Scotland next on Saturday 26th July.  Asked about the match today, Scotland goalkeeper Jamie Cachia said: “In the first half we were the better team, in the second half we weren’t”.

 

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