Scotland were well beaten by Ireland at the Five Nations Tournament in Malaga, Spain, Ireland running out convincing 5-1 winners on Thursday evening.
Surbiton’s Alan Forsyth went close from two Scottish penalty corners, but it was Ireland’s Shane O’Donoghue who set his country on the way to victory with two identical penalty corner conversions, ending up in the top right corner in the 13th and 21st minutes.
Julian Dale extended Ireland’s lead three minutes into the third quarter from open play and after Irish captain, Conor Harte scored from a penalty corner in the 40th minute, Dale struck again to leave Scotland trailing 5-0.
Kenny Bain scored Scotland’s only goal from a penalty corner in the 56th minute, Surbiton’s William Marshall having seen a penalty corner shot saved earlier in the match.
Ireland showed why they are currently ranked thirteen places higher than Scotland in the World Rankings, Ireland ranked tenth to Scotland’s 23rd.
Nick Parkes was rested, but Forsyth, Marshall and captain Grassick were all in the Scottish starting line-up.
Scotland conclude their campaign against hosts Spain on Saturday (3 February) at 12 noon local time.
The Scottish Hockey match report can be read here
More information about the tournament can be found at the FIH website here