Hockey: Canada make Scotland pay for missed opportunities

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The Scotland women's tour of Canada began with a 2-0 defeat to the host nation in Vancouver in the opening game of the Four Nations event.

Louise Munn, of Grange, made her senior debut as Scotland exerted some pressure in the early stages. The visitors won six penalty corners in the first-half, but were unable to make the possession pay and it cost them just before the interval when Meggan Hunt's corner shot was deflected past Debbie McLeod for the opener.

Scotland battled vainly against their hosts' physical superiority, winning several more penalty corners. From open play, Sue Gilmour drove a shot wide and Sam Judge's goalbound strike was well saved by the goalkeeper, Sarah Forbes.

Canada wrapped up victory in the final minute of the game when Aoibhinn Grimes scored from their 11th penalty corner.

"We need to toughen up and improve our basics going into the game with Chile," said Brent Deans, the Scotland team manager.

In the other game of the day Wales completed an expected victory over Chile, winning 4-2.

Men's Tri-Nation (Vancouver): Canada 1 Belgium 1. Women's Four Nations (Vancouver): Canada 2 Scotland 0; Chile 2 Wales 4.