Saturday, April 12, 2014

Hosts’ men claim bronze with win over South Africa

Scotland  6  v South Africa  5 (1-1, 2-3, 3-1, 0-0)

Scotland’s men carried out the perfect revenge as they beat South Africa 6-5 in the bronze medal match at the Aberdeen Sports Village.

The Scots were narrowly beaten by their opponents earlier in the week thanks to last gasp winner but they had the last laugh as they won 6-5 to claim a bronze and a place on the podium.

It helped that they got off to a great start, James Scobie latching onto a Keith Anderson cross to give them the lead from their first attack.

Man of the match, Bojan Donevski was in the form of his life as he denied the South Africans on a number of occasions during the match. But he couldn’t stop the prolific Nic Mollyneux who equalised from the wing in the sixth minute.

Scobie and Anderson started causing problems for the South Africans which gave Scotland the chance to regain the lead just before the end of the quarter, as Scobie was fouled for a penalty.

Ali Campbell who scored two important goals in the win over New Zealand swum up to take it but Franco Conversano saved well to deny him.

In the second quarter South Africa took the game to the hosts and opened up a two goal lead early in the period. First, captain Lood Rabie before Nick Hock both finding the top corner out of Donevski’s reach.

The visitors looked to have calmed the Scottish storm but a fine goal from the top from Ed Grundy made sure the hosts kept in touch at 3-2.

There was enough time before the end of the half for both teams to score another, first Nardus Bardenhorst before Keith Anderson made sure the deficit was just the one goal. 4-3 at halftime.  

Frontman Fraser Rutherford levelled things up early in the third quarter finishing off a well worked Scotland move.

Nicknamed ‘The Iron Curtain’, Donevski continued to perform heroics in the Scotland goal and his efforts were rewarded as Darren Campbell put the hosts ahead from close range.

South Africa continued to test Donevski and Mollyneux finally beat him for a second time with some help from the post.

Scotland were using the crowd’s atmosphere to their advantage, pressing South Africa very high and were awarded a second their second penalty of the match in the final minute of third quarter.

Ed Grundy took over penalty taking duties and sent Conversano the wrong way to give Scotland a 6-5 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Scotland with the crowd,the momentum and the luck as South Africa continued to be denied by Donevski and the woodwork in the fourth.

Scotland’s defence held strong in the closing minutes and thanks to more saves from Donevski they held on to take a well deserved bronze.

Final Score Scotland 6 -  South Africa  5


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