Although, Scotland were beaten 4-1 by India in their opening Pool B match in the men’s Hockey World League in London, however Scotland captain Chris Grassick early goal stunned the Indians who trailed 0-1 till the end of the first two quarters. #HWL2017

This tournament also marked Chris Grassick’s long-awaited comeback for Scotland this year. The Edinburgh-born former Inverleith player has been sidelined for almost a year with a cruciate ligament injury.

Opening Match Review:

The first quarter against India definitely belonged to Scotland who displayed good attacking skills to put India on the backfoot. They held on to the ball possession for a greater part of the first quarter keeping the Indians in the hunt.

While Scottish goalkeeper Thomas Alexander was impressive with his saves, it was skipper Chris Grassick who got an early lead for his team with a splendid deflection that beat Indian Goalkeer Vikas Dahiya to the post in the 6th minute. It was a baseline pass by Kenny Bain picked up by Grassick perfectly to stun the Indian side.

The Indian forwards were kept from equalizing by a determined Alexander who continued to impress with his saves. He padded away Akashdeep Singh’s shot on goal in the 25th minute to end the second quarter with advantage to Scotland.

Come Back for India :
India finally found luck with forward Ramandeep Singh finding a breakthrough in the 31st minute, beating defender Willie Marshall to equalise. He struck again in the 34th minute when forward SV Sunil assisted from the baseline.

In the 40th minute, it was India skipper Manpreet Singh who set up a goal for Akashdeep, who timed his run to perfection to receive the pass and deflect it past Goalkeeper Alexander.

In the 42nd minute, Sunil’s appeal for video referral that saw India win their first PC of the match and India’s young dragflick sensation Harmanpreet Singh made no mistake with his brilliant finish, giving India a comfortable 4-1 lead.



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