Hockey: Scotland face tough Canada test

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Scotland face a tough assignment against Canada today in the opening fixture of the second round of the men’s FIH World League in Paris.

The Canadians are nine places above the Scots in the world rankings but coach Derek Forsyth is quietly confident. He said: “We have beaten Canada in the past. On the day it could go either way.”

After Canada, the Scots face Belgium, Poland, France and finally Portugal, the only side below the Scots in the rankings.

“It will be difficult but there is no reason we can’t win the other games, so we’re looking to finish second.” added Forsyth.

Scotland’s under-21 women lost their second match against an Indian side 2-1. The Indians are in the middle of their build-up to next month’s Junior World Cup in Germany and took the lead in 22 minutes when Neha Goyal scored from close range. Heather Lang had an opportunity to equalise just on half-time but her snapshot was blocked by the goalkeeper.

CALA Edinburgh’s Millie Brown could have levelled the score but shot harmlessly wide. Lorna Eadie had an effort saved and the Indians went up the other end and Lilly Chanu made it 2-0. Scotland’s persistence paid off with a consolation tap-in by Brown following a square pass by Louise Campbell.

Inverleith were relegated from the women’s Aberdeen Asset Management First Division when they lost 2-1 to Glynhill Kelburne in their final fixture.

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