Scotland beat Wales for Bronze

Scotland men group

Scotland beat Wales 4-0 to claim third spot in Hockey World League 2 in Belfast. Both sides played above their world ranking and should be proud of their performances throughout the tournament.

Surbiton player Alan Forsyth was awarded player of the tournament just missed out on top scorer by 1 goal, after scoring 7 in total.

The 3rd place fixture was a battle of the home nations, after Wales had beaten Scotland in their group stages in a thrilling shoot out it was expected to be a thriller.

Welsh keeper David Kettle did well to keep the Scots out denying them any goal opportunities but Scotland opened the scoring when Adams sent a drag flick into the right corner of the net to make it 1-0 after 23 minutes. The Scots lead 1-0 at half time.

A penalty corner for the Scots lead for Alan Forsyth twirling his way towards goal, and a couple of quick passes later the ball found Gavin Byers free at the far post to finish 2-0.

Wales went seeking for a goal and came close when a penalty corner was deflected wide on the line by a combination of Alexander and Willie Marshall. Then, up the other end of the pitch, Adams sent another penalty corner drag flick into the roof of the net to make it 3-0 for Scotland. A minute later Ben Cosgrove took the ball into the D, created a good angle, and slotted the ball home for the final result 4-0.

Scotland Head Coach Derek Forsyth said, “I’m really pleased, the players were fantastic today and it’s a great way to finish the tournament. We dominated for the majority of the game and it was a great team performance.

“Finishing third is a good achievement for a young squad. It’s great to see Ben Cosgrove scoring at his first senior tournament and Tommy Alexander keep a clean sheet. As a squad we were excellent.”