Forsyth’s 24-goal Scots Czech out with a tre­ble

The Herald - Sport - - FINAL SAY -

SCOT­LAND’S men’s hockey team com­pleted the tre­ble over the Czech Re­pub­lic with a 6-1 vic­tory in the fi­nal Test match at the In­ter­na­tional Hockey Fes­ti­val at Glas­gow Green.

The fact they scored 24 goals in the three matches must be a source of con­sid­er­able en­cour­age­ment for their coach, Derek Forsyth, prior to the Euro­pean Na­tions Cham­pi­onships next month.

The goal feast seemed to dry up in a scrappy first pe­riod where the Czechs had a fair share of the play and only a cou­ple of saves from David For­rester, the Scot­land goal­keeper, kept them out.

How­ever, the hosts opened the scor­ing mid­way through the half. Alan Forsyth eluded a cou­ple of de­fend­ers as he made a strong run across the cir­cle and his shot was de­flected home by Wei Adams.

The Scots upped their game af­ter the in­ter­val and soon dou­bled their lead. Wil­lie Mar­shall’s penalty cor­ner shot was blocked but Kenny Bain fol­lowed up to score from close range.

A strong run by Bain opened up the Czech de­fence and he re­leased the ball to Mur­ray Collins who fired a low shot home for his first Scot­land goal.

A bril­liant at­tack­ing move in­volv­ing four play­ers re­sulted in Scot­land’s fourth goal. Hamish Im­rie’s fi­nal pass took out the goal­keeper and Chris Gras­sick, the cap­tain, tapped into the open goal.

David Vacek pulled one back for the Czechs at a penalty cor­ner but Nicky Parkes de­flected in another Mar­shall penalty cor­ner and near the end Im­rie tapped home af­ter Forsyth had robbed a Czech de­fender.

Forsyth said: “It was a good three days and a step up from last week­end’s games against Wales. We must build on this as we pre­pare for Prague.”

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