Scotland show spirit in loss to Korea

Scotland in action against Korea

Scotland were defeated 6-3 in their play-off match with Korea as their Hero World Hockey League Semi-Final campaign in London came to an end.

Tim Atkins had put the Blue Sticks into an early lead before the Koreans came charging back to lead 5-1 in the third quarter, but Scotland battled until the very end as Kenny Bain twice found the net.

The late goals were deserved with the team showing great spirit and fight throughout against a Korea side ranked 11 places above them in the world rankings.

Scotland got off the perfect start, after just three minutes they were in front through Tim Atkins who was in the right place at the right time to deflect home from close range. However Korea responded strongly towards the end of the quarter, Jongsuk Bae levelled before Jingsun Yang's drag flick into the bottom right corner saw them lead heading into the first break.

Scotland responded well and began creating pressure of their own but it was Korea who grabbed the next goal and extended their lead. Jonghyun Jang finished with aplomb from another penalty corner high into the net giving David Forrester no chance.

As the half drew to a close Scotland battled back hard and showed fight as Alan Forsyth, Gordon McIntyre and Kenny Bain all created chances for the Blue Sticks but they remained two goals behind at half time.

Despite their best efforts Scotland couldn't find a way back into the game in the second half as Korea pulled further ahead through goals from Junwoo Jeong, Jungjun Lee and Weonki Hwang.

The team fought until the very end though and were rewarded for their efforts with two late goals. Bain was on hand to deflect into the net before then flicking past the keeper from close range as the Blue Sticks showed great spirit as their campaign came to an end.