Scotland secure their first win of the tournament against Pakistan
Scotland sought to build on their solid start against the USA with a repeat performance in their second match. Pakistan took to the court determined on remaining compact and organised but in the end the host side’s pace and power prevailed as they ran out 32-2 winners.
Scotland opened the scoring in the third minute. A good turn from Daniel Gilbride meant that he could find Sam Pirrie who finished with aplomb.
Despite their early resistance Pakistan succumbed to a second in the seventh minute. Cameron Robertson found the bottom left corner with an exquisite side footed effort from distance.
A second goal was enough to open the floodgates as Scotland grew in confidence and began to turn the screw, scoring six goals in three minutes to take the score line to 8-0. Ross McLaren, a persistent attacking threat, netted two of those, poking home from a well-worked free kick before being teed up by Andrew Santos to fire home Scotland’s fourth of the match.
It was then Blair McCord’s turn to net a brace with McLaren turning provider for his first. The number 12’s second came as a result of an almost telepathic interchange from Sam Noble and Liam Kelly to release him into space. McCord made no mistake with the finish.
Pakistan tried to respond during the flurry of goals as Hashim Khan blazed over following a clever back heel from the impressive Muhammad Haseeb Iqbel. The seventh arrived via Alex Chingwalu calmly rolling the ball into the net.
Pirrie then scored in somewhat fortuitous circumstances when the goalkeeper’s clearance deflected off of his face and ended up in the back of the net. The captain could not believe his luck. Once Scotland netted their ninth through the energetic Robertson, the tie took somewhat of a breather for a few minutes.
The respite did not last, however, as Pakistan were awarded a penalty in the 17th minute following a handball. Pakistan’s goalkeeper Moneeb Ur Rehan Khan volunteered to take the kick and opened his team’s account at the second attempt.
Scotland responded immediately with a double from Liam Kelly. The first was a rocket from the left which cannoned off the post and in. Kelly showed his pace and skill for the second to beat two defenders before firing home and taking the score to 11-1.
With a minute left until the break, the encounter was still due three goals. The first was arguably one of the best of the entire forty minutes. Muhammad Ahmed Raza Khan’s speculative rabona from range flew into the bottom left corner.
Scotland finished the half 13-2 leaders with late goals from McLaren, a prodded effort from close range, and a second for Chingwalu who had finished with composure after latching on to an accurate through ball.
Half-Time: Pakistan 2-13 Scotland
The first five minutes of the second half saw Scotland net seven times. Andrew Santos combined well with Dell Newlands before slotting home. McCord rifled home shortly after, latching on to a Santos pass.
It was then back to Santos to hammer into the top left corner. McCord weaved in and out of the Pakistan defence before drilling home the fourth of the half. Kelly netted to make it 18 with a placed effort before Robertson grabbed another by putting it through the goalkeeper’s legs. Kilbride brought the score to 20-2 at the second attempt after his initial effort rebounded off the post.
Scotland would have to wait until the 31st minute for their 21st of the night. Sam Noble showed complete mastery off the ball to turn and execute a slide rule pass in the direction of Callum Downie, who finished emphatically.
In the 33rd minute Newlands created space on the left and toe-poked home to make it 22. He was followed shortly by Downie who broke through and lashed home. It was then the turn of Santos to gallop clear before squaring for Newlands to score. The 25th of the evening came from Newlands, who showed trickery to beat the defender and goalkeeper before finishing into an empty net.
Scotland showed no signs of relenting and managed seven goals in the last four minutes. Santos maneuvered well into space and curled an effort into the top right corner. Robertson was then teed up to score at the second penalty line following a pass back infringement. The 39th minute saw Robertson move the ball with pace to Kelly, who switched it to Pirrie at the back post. A simple tap-in made it twenty-eight.
Kelly raced clear on the counter-attack twice in a sixty second period. Scoring from the first break, the player then used the second to play in Robertson for number thirty. Robertson then showed neat footwork to create an opening and slam the ball into the net.
The final goal of the evening came from Kelly, managing to get on the end of Robertson’s cutback from the byline to stroke the ball home from close range.
Full-Time: Pakistan 2-32 Scotland
Pakistan: Chaudhry Muhammad Hussan, Ibrar Khan, Moiz Akhtar Ganhera, Syed Muhammad Hussain Raza, Moneeb Ur Rehan Khan, Muhammad Haseeb Iqbel, Muhammad Ahmed Raza Khan, Kumail Fattahy Pour, Hashim Khan
Star Player: Haseeb Iqbel
Scotland: Lewis Forbes, Daniel Gilbride, Callum Downie, Cammy Robertson, Sam Pirrie, Sam Noble, Liam Kelly, Alex Chingwalu, Ross McLaren, Dell Newlands, Cameron Robertson, Blair McCord, Andrew Santos, Ciaran Pugh
Star Player: Downie