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Italy warm up for hockey World Cup with Test series defeat

Scotland edged Italy in Test series win PIC: Duncan Gray

Scotland’s women edged their Test series 2-1 against World Cup-bound Italy after a 3-0 shoot-out win at Glasgow Green on Sunday.

Sarah Jamieson, Heather Howie and Lexi Sabatelli netted for the hosts after the match had finished 2-2.

Scotland had battled back into the contest and equalised through Jamieson with a great finish into the top left corner to make it 2-2.

Maria Garraffo and Lara Oviedo had earlier given the Italians a 2-1 lead.

Italy nearly snatched a winner at the end but Valentina Braconi smashed a shot towards goal from the top of the D and it narrowly went over the bar.

The contest went to running penalties to decide the series winner and it was Scotland who produced the goods.

Jamieson scored the opener before Howie and Sabatelli gave Scotland a 3-0 win in the shootout, while Nikki Cochrane was unbeatable in goal for Scotland.

Scotland women Interim Head Coach Neil Menzies said: “Given the lack of the experience in the squad I was generally happy with the overall performances over the series.

“There were obviously periods where things were not so good but there were some periods that were extremely encouraging.

“Particularly because of the relative performances by the younger and less experienced members of the squad.

“Winning the penalty shootout and getting a series win was the icing on the cake.”

Italy are in a World Cup group with the Netherlands, Korea and China.

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