Wednesday, April 09, 2014

England too good for hosts Scotland

Scotland 4 v England 17 (0-4, 1-1, 2-7, 1-5)

In the first of the double header against the 'old enemy', Scotland's men were attempting to inflict England's first defeat of the competition in front of a packed Aberdeen Sports Village.

Both teams had chances early in the first quarter, and it was England who took the lead through Joe O’regan, finding space from the top before finding the bottom corner.

Up the other end, Scotland found Matt Holland in good form as he made a couple of good saves to keep his clean sheet in tact.

The impressive Ciaran James added a second before O’regan found the net again and Jack Waller made it four just before the end of the quarter.

Scotland finally beat Holland early in the second quarter, James Scobie finding space in the pit to fire home. But a goal from Sean King meant England kept their four goal lead at half time as they lead 5-1.

The Scots really needed to build momentum in the second half but Jake Vincent scored the first goal of the half with a wonderful outside shot into the top corner.

Scotland couldn’t handle England’s attack especially O’regan who completed his hat trick soon after to give his side a 7-1 lead.

Jonny Kirk then added his name to the scoresheet as England scored seven in the third quarter, Scotland could only reply with goals from James Scobie and Fraser Rutherford.

Having seen Malta beat Wales by 12, England knew they needed to score a few more if they were to reclaim top spot, and they did, scoring five in the final quarter to win the game 17-4.

Final Score Scotland  4  -  England  17

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