Investec London Cup - Scotland v South Africa

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The opening day of the Investec London Cup started with South Africa taking on Scotland in what was the first international fixture at our new London 2012 legacy venue.

Scotland 0 (0)

South Africa 2 (1)
Kathleen Taylor 15 65 (FG, FG) 

South Africa took the first victory at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre with only 16 players on the team and just 14 fielded in the game today. South Africa Women's Head Coach Giles Bonnet was also unable to make the tournament for personal reasons, but South Africa still proved to be an unstoppable force.  

South Africa required just fifteen minutes to break the deadlock, with Kathleen Taylor scoring the first ever international goal at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, capitalising on a rebound from teammate Du Plessis’ attempt on goal. Du Plessis’ shot was saved by Scotland Goalkeeper Amy Gibson however Taylor made no mistake with the rebound, evading Gibson with a great volley into the back of the net.

Just ten minutes later, Scotland responded with a goal of their own through Ali Bell, however the shot was deemed to have come off the back of her stick and was disallowed. In what was a first half dominated by South Africa, the first half ended 1-0.

The second half started much in the same manner as the first with South Africa maintaining the majority of possession. It was Scotland however who perhaps had the best chance to score with Ailsa Wyllie coming close to an equaliser, but a foot in the circle meant the goal was again disallowed. Seconds later on 65 minutes, South Africa responded with a second goal, courtesy of Taylor who hit home her second of the match, rounding off South Africa’s opening game with a 2-0 victory.

South African captain Marsha Cox stated after the game, ‘We’re really happy with the three points but I don’t think it was close to our best performance. We’re here as preparation for the Commonwealth Games and to start off with a win given the short space of time we’ve had to prepare we’re very happy.’