Hockey: Final-game loss to Wales leaves Scots in third

SCOTLAND finished a rather disappointing third in the annual Celtic Cup in Le Touquet when they went down 3-2 to Wales in the final encounter.

After going 2-0 down to avoidable goals, the Scots pulled one back at a rather chaotic penalty corner when Willie Marshall's shot eluded the Welsh defence to trundle home. However, the Welsh hit back to lead 3-1 before Kenny Bain pulled one back with three minutes remaining for the Scots, who also saw a Josh Cairns penalty saved.

"We lacked composure at the back then missed several chances up front including a penalty late on," said Scotland manager Eugene Connolly.

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On Saturday the Scots had also made life difficult for themselves by giving France an early two-goal lead before clawing their way back to a 3-2 win with goals by Adam MacKenzie, Cairns and Bain.

At Peffermill Scotland's under-21 women played out a goalless draw and a narrow one-goal defeat to England.