Friday, May 24, 2024

England play Scotland in key Four Nations tie

England play Scotland today at 3pm in Glasgow in a clash that will crucial to both sides hopes of reaching Tuesday’s final of the Four Nations tournament.

The game will be streamed live on YouTube as will the Belgium vs Argentina game at 5pm.

On the opening day of the competition, Scotland pushed the world’s fifth ranked side Belgium hard only to lose 4-3, while England drew 2-2 with 11th-ranked Argentina.

England had to settle for a draw after a superb run and slip past the keeper from Augustin Mazzilli levelled the game in the 54th minute.

England had a dream start in the third minute when Alastair Brogdon deflected home a fine pass from skipper Barry Middleton, in his 300th international game.

Argentina defended deep and countered skilfully, despite rarely having the ball. Their attacking verve earned them a equaliser through Manuel Brunet’s chopped reverse finish in the 24th minute. England’s Mark Gleghorne turned in a corner rebound in the 47th minute for England’s second. 

Scotland go into this afternoon’s game buoyed by their performance against a side ranked 19 places ahead of them. For a full match replay click here.

Two goals from Tom Boon, together with a Tanguy Cosyns field goal and Loick Luypert penalty corner gave the Belgians a slender victory. Kenny Bain, Chris Grassick and Gary Cameron were on the scoresheet for the Scots.
 
After the match, Scotland coach Derek Forsyth said: “It’s a great experience for the boys, it’s another step forward against the world number five in the world and there were a lot of positives. We played them a year ago and lost 7-1, they’re five weeks away from a World Cup and on a full-time programme so we’re happy with the performance.
 
“If we can keep improving in the build-up to the Commonwealth Games then it’s good for us and we have a chance. It’s a big plus being able to play international matches at the Glasgow Hockey Centre.
 
“Tomorrow will be a big game against England, it will be tough after a quick turnaround tonight. There will be a big crowd here and we’re looking forward to it.”
 

Total Hockey

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