Scotland Men lost 5-2 to New Zealand in their final pool game at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games on Tuesday after going 2-0 down after just four minutes.
Surbiton’s Alan Forsyth scored both Scottish goals, but New Zealand’s Kane Russell scored a hat-trick of penalty corner conversions to maintain the Black Sticks’ one hundred per cent record.
Russell struck first in the third minute, his drag flick sent into the right corner. A minute later, Stephen Jenness’s shot was deflected from short range by Jared Panchia to double New Zealand’s lead.
Scotland’s defence held out for the rest of the first quarter, before pulling a goal back in the second. Surbiton’s Willie Marshall’s shot hit a New Zealand foot from Scotland’s second penalty corner, but the umpires played advantage, Forsyth burying the rebound into the goal in the 20th minute.
Scotland seemed to be heading for a 2-1 deficit at half time, but Russell struck again with a penalty corner awarded just ten seconds before the interval, the drag flick again ending up in the right corner of the goal.
Russell completed his hat-trick in the 34th minute, this time the ball drag flicked into the left corner to give New Zealand a commanding 4-1 lead.
A minute before the end of the third quarter, Forsyth saw a shot saved from Scotland’s fifth penalty corner, preventing him from achieving a hat-trick of his own.
With ten minutes remaining, Hugo Inglis caught the Scottish defence out, finishing from very short range to extend New Zealand’s lead to 5-1. However a manoeuvred penalty corner routine saw Forsyth finish in style to make the final score 5-2.
In the final minute, both teams lost their right to a video referral within ten seconds of each other, Scotland challenging the award of New Zealand’s sixth penalty corner with the Black Sticks subsequently asking for a seventh award.
The Daily Schedule with links to information about individual matches can be found at the Commonwealth Games website