Scotland Women’s hopes of staying in the top tier of the Rabo EuroHockey Championships suffered a setback when Ireland beat the Czech Republic 3-1 and Spain snatched a late winner to beat the Tartan Hearts 2-1 on Thursday.
Scotland will have to beat the Czech Republic and hope that Spain beat Ireland on Saturday to have any chance of staying up on goal difference.
Scotland fell behind in the 12th minute, Beatriz Perez attacking along the right Scottish backline before pulling the ball back for Begoña Garcia to deflect the ball past former Surbiton goalkeeper, Amy Gibson.
Spain lost their right to a video referral within seconds of the start of the third quarter when the video umpire, Carol Metchette ruled that a Spanish ball was dangerous.
With three minutes remaining in the third quarter, there was drama as Sarah Jamieson spun round in the Spanish circle, only for the goalbound shot to deflect off a Spanish defender.
Scotland used their video referral to ask for a penalty stroke, the referral upheld after the shot was confirmed as heading for the goal.
Nikki Lloyd stepped up and sent the ball into the top left corner to give Scotland hope of earning at least a point.
Those hopes remained until five minutes from time, when Marta Segu’s pass into the circle was deflected by Carlota Petchame past Gibson.
Following an umpire’s video referral, the goal award was confirmed.
Surbiton’s Robyn Collins came on as a fourth minute substitute, whilst former Surbiton player Kate Holmes was in the Scottish starting line-up.
The Czech Republic’s defeat confirmed their relegation to EuroHockey Championships II for 2019, whilst Spain’s victory confirms their place in the top tier.
Either Scotland or Ireland will join the Czech Republic in the second division, Ireland having been promoted with them in 2015.
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