Thursday, April 10, 2014

Scotland one win away from Bronze medal match

Scotland 9 v New Zealand 7 (2-0, 2-3,2-3, 3-1)

The Aberdeen Sports Village were given a real treat in the last game of the day as Scotland beat New Zealand 9-7 to give them the opportunity of playing for the bronze on Saturday.

The win means if the Scots beat bottom of the table Singapore tomorrow they will meet South Africa in the 3rd/4th place play-off.

Scotland got off to a great start, local lad Mark Speed linking up with Keith Anderson for the games first goal.

The Scots needed Bojan Donevski to put in another big performance and he started the game well himself, saving an Eamon Lui penalty to keep his side ahead.

Captain Nielsen Rutherford then doubled their lead just before the end of the first quarter with a well placed shot into the bottom corner, making the most of a man-up situation.

New Zealand were playing some nice polo but found Donevski and his defence in great form, they finally made the break through one minute into the second quarter, Braeden Drennan scoring a carbon-copy of Rutherford’s.

It was a good quarter for New Zealand who equalised midway through the half, Adam Pye coming in off the wing to bounce in.

Both teams were playing some really good polo in front of a packed crowd at the Aberdeen Sports Village

A James Scobie double restored Scotland’s two goal lead, once again making the most of  man-up situations. But a goal from Matt Small just before the end of the half kept the Black Tide in touch. HT Scotland 4- New Zealand 3.

New Zealand levelled things up early in the second half, Jonathan Clarke seeing his effort deflect passed Donevski for 4-4.

Matt Small then grabbed his second to give the Black tide the advantage but Fraser Rutherford replied moments later for 5-5.

New Zealand started to find their rhythm and had most of the possession in the quarter, they made their pressure count when Matt Lewis tucked home from close range to give his side the lead.

The Aberdeen crowd yet again were urging their team forward and they got their wish as the Scots were handed an equaliser by New Zealand keeper Thomas Kingsmill. The keeper coming out too far allowing F Rutherford to score his second.

WIth just one quarter to go the team’s were level at 6-6.

The first goal in the last quarter was going to be crucial and it was Scotland that got it, Andrew Woodall scoring as Scotland once again made the most of a man-up.

It proved vital as Scotland had a new lease of life and increased their lead to 8-6 thanks a delightful lob from Ali Campbell.

Scotland looked to have won it when James Scobie forced home his hat-trick, despite having his hat around his neck.

Donevski produced the big performance his team needed, denying New Zealand on a number of occasions in the closing stages.

New Zealand did reduce the deficit but it was too little too late as the Scots claimed a very important second win.

Final Score Scotland 9 -  New Zealand 7

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