A brace apiece from Lilian du Plessis and Kathleen Taylor, plus one more by Jade Mayne, gave the Investec South Africa women’s hockey team an impressive 5-0 victory over Scotland in the fourth Test at Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria Tuesday night, after the girls in green and gold had led 2-0 at half-time.
The in-form Du Plessis nailed two from the penalty spot in the 14th and 50th minutes, while Taylor in the 28th, Mayne in the 40th and Taylor once again in the 65th netted a trio of wonderful goals from open play.
The result sees SA go 4-0 up in the series, with the fifth and final Test at 1.30pm Wednesday. SA won the first Test 5-3, the second Test 4-2 and the third international 4-0.
SA had early territory and possession but Scotland were dangerous on the counter, and two penalty corners in succession saw goalkeeper Hanli Hattingh pull off a pair of good saves from Sam Judge, while Lisa Deetlefs cleared off the line from Nikki Lloyd.
Both sides were prising open opposing defences with relative ease and creating quality opportunities. Keepers Siobhan Cowie of Scotland and South Africa’s Hanli Hattingh – plus both teams’ defenders (SA’s Marcelle Manson thrice) – were called on to make crucial interventions.
SA were finally rewarded when Celia Evans was impeded in the strike zone and Du Plessis made no mistake, going low to Cowie’s right. Scotland’s long balls were working well and, had it not been for the final pass going astray, they might have had more joy.[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”]
Seven minutes from half-time SA striker Tanya Britz crossed from the right and Taylor did the rest (2-0). Five minutes into the second half Mayne finished in magnificent fashion with a sizzling shot past Cowie after Taylor’s superb sleight of pass had carved open the Scotland defence.
In the 50th Sulette Damons’ searing pace led to a second goal from the penalty spot by Du Plessis, after the captain’s superb shot at full stretch had caught a Scottish foot on the line.
Scotland’s third PC came and went, keeper Hattingh making the intervention, but it was clear that SA’s finishing was better and Taylor underlined that in the 65th with a stunning goal on the turn, after Illse Davids’ perfectly-weighted pass (4-0).
Three minutes from time, Mayne’s beautiful through-ball led to SA’s first PC of the match, but Lisa Deetlefs’ powerful slap-shot was brilliantly run down by Howie.
Investec South Afriva vs Scotland International Series: Fri 14 Feb: South Africa 5-3 Scotland (3-1) Sat 15 Feb: South Africa 4-2 Scotland (3-0) Sun 16 Feb: South Africa 4-0 Scotland (1-0) Tue 18 Feb: South Africa 5-0 Scotland (2-0) Wed 19 Feb (1.30pm): 5th Test (TUT, Pretoria) Scorers: Investec South Africa (2) 5: Lilian du Plessis (14th and 50th minutes), Kathleen Taylor (28th and 65th), Jade Mayne (40th) Scotland 0 The Investec South Africa Squad: Phume Mbande Anelle van Deventer Hanli Hattingh Nicolene Terblanche Erin Hunter (subject to medical clearance) Kaila Flemming Christine Roos Kelly Madsen Illse Davids Jade Mayne Toni Marks Tarryn Glasby (subject to medical clearance) Candice Manuel Sam Prost Tanya Britz Izelle Lategan Lisa Deetlefs Sulette Damons Lilian du Plessis Celia Evans Kathleen Taylor (last 4 Test matches) Marcelle Manson (last 4 Test matches) Carmen Smith (awaiting clearance from university) Scotland Squad: Jennifer Eadie Nicola Cochrane Vikki Bunce Becky Ward Amy Brodie Catriona Ralph Samantha Judge Sarah Robertson Holly Cram Linda Clement Ailsa Wyllie Kareena Marshall Leigh Fawcett Rebecca Merchant Susan McGilveray Nicola Lloyd Maisie Morris Alison Howie Nicola Skrastin Aileen Davis Kirsten McIntosh Robyn Collins Heather Elder Siobhan Cowie
Main photo caption: The Investec SA women’s hockey team beat vistiors Scotland 5-0 in their fourth Test, at the Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria, on Tuesday, 18 February, 2014. In this file photo, Quanita Bobbs of South Africa (right, pictured in the third Test between hosts SA and Scotland) is challenged by Heather Elder on Sunday 16 February. Photo: Reg Caldecott
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