Belfius EuroHockey Championships
Men’s Pool C: Wales 2 (O Dolan-Gray, L Prosser) Scotland 4 (C Golden 2, C Falconer, N Parkes)
Scotland got Pool C up and running with a big win over Wales, adding these three points to the 3-3 draw they got against Ireland earlier in the week.
It gives them a great chance of avoiding relegation, bolstering their goal difference into the bargain ahead of a Saturday game against England.
They got off to a Golden start as their striker of the same name – Cameron – pounced on a loose James Fortnam clearance and popped home from close range.
Craig Falconer doubled the advantage with one of the goals of the tournament in the 12th minute with a tracer bullet of a shot into the top corner.
And the Scots were 3-0 up early in the second half when Nicky Parkes had time to line up a shot and arrow the ball from right to left into the bottom corner.
Owain Dolan-Gray got one back with 20 minutes to go from a right-wing attack but Golden killed off the result in the final quarter, a lovely piece of individual work, spinning around the goalkeeper and flicking in.
Lewis Prosser did get a goal back with 53 seconds to go which Wales will hope will be important for goal difference in the final reckoning.
Scotland captain Alan Forsyth said of the win: “Today we got the result we deserved. The Netherlands and Germany games gave experience against quality opposition for a new squad, and I’m extremely proud of the performances against Ireland and Wales.
“We know each other well and games against Wales are always a battle, but it was a really good game. The win is huge. We’re not here just to take part, we’re here to compete. We’ve done well in two out of the four games, and we’re looking for another big performance in the last game against England.”
Umpires: P Walker (ENG), J Mejzlik (CZE)
Wales – Scotland
2’ Cameron Golden (FG) 0-1
12’ Craig Falconer (FG) 0-2
35’ Nicky Parkes (FG) 0-3
40’ Owain Dolan-Gray (FG) 1-3
53’ Cameron Golden (FG) 1-4
60’ Lewis Prosser (PC) 2-4