Scotland Men came from 1-0 down to beat Wales 2-1 in the final of the EuroHockey Championships II on home turf in Glasgow on Saturday afternoon.
With both teams having clinched promotion after winning their semi-finals on Friday, the Celtic nations provided a more defensive battle compared with the high scoring heroics the day before.
Wales took the lead in the 18th minute when James Carson converted a penalty corner.
Scotland could have fallen further behind in the 41st minute when Owain Dolan Gray deflected the ball over goalkeeper, David Forrester but the goal was ruled out after the umpires consulted.
The hosts’ comeback started with eleven minutes to play when Surbiton’s Willie Marshall’s penalty corner shot was stopped by a defender but found its way into goal. (NB: The goal was officially credited to Ben Cosgrove).
Three minutes later, Surbiton’s Alan Forsyth scored his eighth goal of the tournament with a defiant strike into the left sideboard to give Scotland the lead for the first time.
Although Wales elected to field a kicking back with around four minutes to play, Scotland were able to celebrate the EuroHockey Championship II on the final hooter.
The celebration was slightly delayed as play stopped with just two seconds remaining after Scotland’s Kenny Bain collided with kicking back Daniel Kyriakides, both players able to walk off the pitch.
Marshall and Forsyth, together with Surbiton team-mates, Chris Grassick, the Scottish captain; and Nick Parkes were all in the Scottish starting line-up.
Lewis Prosser, who handed the captain’s armband to Luke Hawker and Gareth Furlong were both in the Welsh starting line-up.
More information about the tournament can be found in the Match Centre section of the FIH website here
The official Scottish Hockey match report can be found here