Scotland earn promotion back to EuroHockey top tier, Wales thump Ukraine

Scotland Women Earn European Promotion 2019

Scotland’s women will be in the top tier of the 2021 EuroHockey Championships after earning promotion with a comfortable 3-0 win over Poland.

At the conclusion of a day interrupted by severe weather storms in Glasgow, the hosts continued their stunning form shown this week to earn themselves a place in the EuroHockey Championships II final against Italy.

That is enough to secure them a return to the top flight at the first time of asking, although they will end in perfect style by securing a gold on home soil.

Elsewhere Wales put the disappointment of not making the semi-finals behind them as they thrashed Ukraine 7-3 in an exciting game.

Scotland 3 (3)
Dark (2’, FG), Cuthbert (14’, PC), Campbell (30’, FG)

Poland 0 (0)

Having eased through their group, Scotland were expecting a tough test against Poland in the second of the day’s semi-finals.

But any nerves were quickly put to bed after just 63 seconds as Emily Dark produced a great finish to divert in a wicked cross and give her side the lead.

Shortly after the players were forced off for a lengthy delay due to a waterlogged pitch before captain Kaz Cuthbert smashed the ball home for her fourth goal in this tournament to double the lead.

Louise Campbell then made that three in the final minute of the first half with a fine diving finish at the far post to secure the victory, with no further goals added in the final two quarters.

Scotland and GB midfielder Sarah Robertson admitted feeling exceptionally proud after the game but also said there is still a job to be done as they prepare to face Italy in tomorrow’s final.

“It’s an absolutely amazing feeling,” she said.

“I’m delighted for everyone. It was such heartbreak two years ago when we were relegated but I’m absolutely buzzing to be back in A-Division.

“Getting promotion was the target but we still have a final to look forward to. There’s still one more game to go and tomorrow will be another big day.”

Wales 7 (3)
French (2’, PS), Wilkinson (4’, PC), Hughes (10’, PC; 53’, FG), Westwood (35’, PC), Robinson (51’, FG), Marke-Jones (59’, FG)

Ukraine 3 (1)
Kernoz (16’, PC), Honcharenko (44’, PC; 45’, PC)

Wales put any disappointment of not making the semi-finals firmly behind them with a thumping victory over Ukraine.

By the 10th minute they had raced into a three goal lead courtesy of a Sian French stroke as well as corner goals from Leah Wilkinson and Xenna Hughes.

Yevheniya Kernoz pulled a goal back at the start of the second quarter before Jo Westwood extended the Welsh lead to three again in the 35th minute.

There was a scare as Olha Honcharenko scored from two corners at the end of the third quarter but Sophie Robinson, Hughes and Natasha Marie-Jones also converted fine field goals to hand their side a comfortable win.

That result has all-but-secured their status in this division for 2021 - they need just a point against Czech Republic tomorrow to ensure they finish fifth in this year’s tournament.

Weather dependant, that game will start at 09:30 BST tomorrow (10 August) before Scotland face Italy in the final at 16:15 BST.

Both games will be live on the BBC Sport website and eurohockeytv.org.