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Gold in Lithuania for Scotland's Girls
The Scots took the game by the scruff of the neck right from the off, Ailsa Robertson brought the best out of the Russian goalkeeper following a pass from Linda Clement and minutes later a Vikki Bunce effort sailed over the bar. Midway through the half Scotland finally had their noses in front at a penalty corner, Cheryl Valentine switched the ball left to Louise Carroll whose low volley gave the goalkeeper no chance. The Russians retaliated briskly and only a great save by Abi Walker in the Scotland goal preserved the lead at the interval.
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The Russians were soon back on level terms with a shot from the top of the circle that went in off Walker`s left hand post. Within a couple of minutes Holly Cram broke free but her reverse stick effort was blocked by the keeper. In a moment of rashness a Russian defender gave away a needless penalty stroke and Emma Rochlin calmly made it 2-1 with a waist high flick. The result was sealed in 58 minutes at another set piece, Nikki Kidd`s drag flick flew low into the net. Minutes later Kidd had a chance to add to Scotland`s tally, but this time her shot rebounded off a post.
Joss said: "We were nervous at the start and the Russians played well, but once we made it 3-1 we never looked back. Our success over the week is testament to the training and the support team, the girls were in good physical shape for the entire tournament."
A final accolade on a very successful week, Bonagrass Grove defender Louise Carroll was voted player of the final.
article contributed by Craig Madden
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