Scots Storm in at Championships
25 Jan 2008
Scotland stormed in to beat Ukraine 7-4 in their first match at the EuroHockey Nations Indoor Championships in Spain this morning; intense action started with the whistle and goalkeeper Carmin Dow gave a ?best ever? performance.
?She saved corner after corner; they just couldn?t get past her. Dow gave the best performance I?ve ever seen by a male or female Scottish indoor goalkeeper,? said Scottish Hockey?s Performance Manager Callum McLeod.
From pushback Scotland was ready to rumble; Julie Bryce (Kelburne), who pulled a hat trick, started with a goal in the first minute. Ukraine quickly fired back and equalised by minute two. Dow (Glasgow Western) stepped in at the 12th minute, with the first of two saved penalties. It remained neck and neck with Scotland barely pulling ahead 3-2 at halftime, after Ukraine hit the post in the 17th minute.
The second half showed no signs of slowing down and stepping back on the pitch, Bryce won a penalty (22) converted by Emma Rochlin (Olten) to make the score 4-2. Ukraine retaliated in the 24th minute, only to be returned by Bryce?s hat trick bringing the board to 5-3.
Soon after, Dow denied Ukraine?s second penalty followed by a goal from Cat Forrest (Glasgow Western) 30 minutes in. Running out of time, Ukraine placed an extra outfielder on for their goalkeeper.
Unable to shake Scotland, the Scots sticks stung until the last minute as Nikki Kidd (Bonagrass Grove) sealed the deal with 30 seconds to go. McLeod professed: ?It was a very good result against a skilful and experienced Ukrainian side; it was intense stuff. The atmosphere was great with a hall full of spectators; this was a great start for Scotland.?
Scottish Goal Scorers:
Bryce 1, 15, 24