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Scotland feel the force of Australia

Scotland rounded off their Pool A campaign in the Commonwealth Games men’s hockey competition on Thursday with a 5-0 defeat at the hands of Australia.

Two goals from Matt Gohdes, together with strikes from Chris Ciriello, Kieran Govers and Jacob Whetton ensured a comfortable win for the Aussies, who have qualified for the semi-finals with a 100%  record.

Scotland goalkeeper Jamie Cachia was the home side’s star performer, making a number of fine saves.

Following the match, Scotland coach Derek Forsyth said: “The boys did as well as expected, you are talking about the top team, and we caused them a few problems.

“They took us on a bit more towards the end, it’s hard enough playing the world champions with 16 players let alone 14 at the end of that game, which is pretty tough on the lads. But the important thing now is we recover well and prepare for tomorrow’s game.

“We played Malaysia in a warm up match and had a good result against them but this time it will be a totally different game tomorrow night. They may feel like they have had a disappointing tournament but we need to make sure we get out there and finish seventh.”

Scotland striker Kenny Bain added: “It’s amazing to play against these guys. To be honest we are just as capable to play hockey with them but they are ruthless in everything they do and taught us a lesson.

“We gave it a go today and worked our socks off to get a result against them and the team will be pretty happy how we performed against them.

“It’s all about performance, not results, especially in these sort of games. Go out have fun and enjoy that crowd which we did. We can’t fault them as they have been the 12th man again and really pushed us on.

“It is such a great experience, playing in my second Commonwealth Games and a home one too, it’s unbelievable seeing my pals from Holland who have travelled over. It was so good to see them screaming us on today.

“Glasgow 2014 has been fantastic, our bodies are starting to kill now as we lost a few boys in that match [to injury] but we just need to prepare and get ready for tomorrow and play our hearts out for that crowd.

“Everyone the crowd was backing us, I am so proud to play in front of them, and I hope I gave them a good show. The tempo was a lot higher today and hope that once we look back at the video footage we can see where we need to improve and get a few goals tomorrow against Malaysia.”

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