Scotland Men finished sixth after losing narrowly to Malaysia 2-1 in the 5th/6th place playoff at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games on Friday.

Sixth is their best ever finish at a Commonwealth Games and Scotland came close to forcing a shootout to decide the placing.

Malaysia had a goal disallowed in the seventh minute, Norsyafiq Sumantri using the back of his stick whilst trying to put his country ahead.

Four minutes later, Surbiton’s Alan Forsyth put Scotland ahead at the left post after receiving a pass from Lee Morton.

Malaysia equalised in the 21st minute due to an unfortunate error of judgment by a Scottish defender which allowed the ball to reach Shahril Saabah in perfect position in the circle to score from short range.

Two minutes before half time, Forsyth put the ball in the net again from Scotland’s second penalty corner but the hit rose above the backboard, nullifying the goal.

The deciding goal came in the 39th minute, Amirol Arshad scoring via the left post from Malaysia’s second penalty corner. Scotland lost their right to a video referral challenging the penalty corner award.

In the final quarter, Scotland installed Surbiton’s Willie Marshall as a kicking back with 2 minutes and 48 seconds remaining, but in spite of a late flurry of attacking hockey and several shots which went close to levelling the scores, Malaysia held on for the win. Forsyth was denied late by Malaysian goalkeeper, Hafizuddin Othman, Forsyth’s shot saved past the right post.

Forsyth, Marshall and captain, Chris Grassick were all in the Scottish starting lineup with Nick Parkes coming on as a sub in the fifth minute.

The Daily Schedule including links to information about individual matches can be found at the Commonwealth Games website