Shep­herd’s side clean win­ners three times over

The Herald - Sport - - FINAL SAY -

A THIRD vic­tory over the Czech Re­pub­lic in three days was never in any real doubt for Scot­land’s women af­ter a fierce strike by Ka­reena Mar­shall went in off a de­fender in only two min­utes into the fi­nal Test at Glas­gow Green.

Sarah Robert­son missed an open goal from close range soon af­ter­wards but the Scots’ sec­ond goal was only slightly de­layed, Aileen Davis send­ing a set-piece strike wide of the goal­keeper and into the net. Gor­don Shep­herd’s charges cre­ated few chances dur­ing the rest of the half of a match that formed part of the In­ter­na­tional Hockey Fes­ti­val although Mar­shall did send a shot well over the bar.

Early in the sec­ond half Mar­shall ini­ti­ated and fin­ished a move that also in­volved Nicki Skrastin to add a third to the Scots’ tally. The tenac­ity of Louise Camp­bell al­most added a fourth, but she had two shots saved by the goal­keeper and a third went wide.

How­ever, Scot­land in­creased their lead again when Vikki Bunce waltzed past two de­fend­ers, made space for her­self and sent a fierce re­verse stick shot into the net.

As the Czechs tired, Camp­bell made it 5-0 from a nar­row an­gle, then Bunce guided a goal­bound shot from Nikki Lloyd over the line.

Shep­herd, the Scot­land coach, said: “I’m happy with the over­all per­for­mance over the three games. We scored 18 goals and didn’t con­cede. Now we move on to the next stage in the build-up for the Euro­peans.

QUICK WORK: Ka­reena Mar­shall net­ted af­ter only two min­utes

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