Scotland storm into World League second round

[img_assist|nid=6173|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=100|height=84]LOUSADA, September 30 – Derek Forsyth achieved a fantastic coaching debut for Scotland’s men’s hockey side as the Scots thrashed Italy 9-0 to qualify with ease for the second round of the FIH World League

Forsyth`s squad won every game in Portugal handsomely, scored 30 goals in their four games, and kept a clean sheet throughout.It took Forsyth`s charges 15 minutes to open their account against Italy, a cross by Kenny Bain was diverted home by Gareth Hall, a fitting way for the Glynhill Kelburne player to celebrate his 100th Scotland cap – only the 12th player to achieve such an accolade.  

Ten minutes later it was captain Iain Scholefield`s turn to find the net, he drove into the circle and beat the Italian goalkeeper with a low shot. Just before the interval the lethal Kenny Bain – Alan Forsyth combination provided the third when Forsyth found the net.

The second half was a procession of goals, a good reverse stick shot by Fergus Dunn may or may not have been bound for the net, but Ian Moodie pushed the ball home to make sure.   Then up stepped Dan Coultas to add two more in as many minutes with carbon copy low drag flicks past the keeper.   Brilliant  play from Niall Stott set up the seventh, he slipped the ball to Chris Grassick and found the net from an acute angle.

The Bain-Forsyth combination was responsible for the eighth goal with the latter left with a simple tap in.   In the final minute the ball seemed to behave like a bagatelle in the circle and Scholefield pounced on it and jabbed it into the net at the back post.

A euphoric manager Eugene Connolly said: “We looked like a hockey team in this tournament, we played with confidence, moved the ball around well, and supported each other.   This was a brilliant achievement for the coach, we came as favourites and played as favourites, Derek has certainly put his stamp on the squad.”