Emphatic start for Scotland at home Euros, Wales narrowly lose

Scotland Win Opening 2019 EuroHockey Championships II Game

Scotland’s women treated the home crowd to a gluttony of goals as they thumped Ukraine in their first game of the EuroHockey Championships II in Glasgow.

Playing in front of Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, five different players found the target as they began their quest for promotion back to the top tier with a 7-0 victory.

It wasn’t quite such a successful day for Wales though as they lost 3-1 to an Italian side that lit up the 2018 Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup with their surprise run to the knockout stages.

They ran the Italians close for much of the game but the team ranked nine places higher than them in the world took control towards the end, although it was Wales who had the final say through Izzy Webb.

Scotland 7 (4)
Watson (3’, FG), Lanigan (7’, FG; 48’, FG), Cuthbert (20’, PC; 55’, FG), Burnet (24’, FG), Dark (45’, FG)

Ukraine 0 (0)

Cheered on by a packed crowd at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre, Scotland got their opening game off to the perfect start as Charlotte Watson – who recently made her GB debut against Japan – scored in the third minute.

Lucy Lanigan added a second shortly after before Kareena Cuthbert and Fiona Burnet also scored before half-time to give the hosts a four goal lead.

GB EDP member Emily Dark became the fifth different scorer at the end of the third quarter before Lanigan and Cuthbert each scored again in the final 15 minutes to give their side – also featuring current GB internationals Amy Costello, Sarah Robertson and Nicki Cochrane – the perfect start.

Italy 3 (1)
Oviedo (28’, FG), Munitis (38’, FG), Carta (50’, FG)

Wales 1 (0)
Webb (57’, PC)

Wales’ women played the tournament's first game in wet conditions against Italy, the highest ranked team at the event.

They more than held their own in the first half though, taking the game to their opponents, only to fall behind just before half-time courtesy of a Lara Oviedo strike.

The Italians then extended that advantage in the second half through Emilia Munitis and Federica Carta, although Webb did pull one back for a Wales side that included current GB international Sarah Jones as well as GB EDP members Beth Bingham and Eloise Laity. Hannah Cozens also made her 50th Wales appearance in the game.

Wales are back in action today (5 August) when they take on Turkey at 15:45 live on the BBC Sport website and eurohockeytv.org.

Scotland play their next game on Tuesday 6 August as they face Czech Republic at 18:00, with the game also available to watch on the BBC Sport website and eurohockeytv.org.