|October 7th, 2012|
|23||Bronze||2:00pm||SCO - IRL||2 - 2 (1 - 1) (3 - 4 PS)||Final|
Nikki Symmons calmly rolled home Ireland’s final penalty to win the shoot-out against their Celtic rivals Scotland to finally claim the bronze medal from a thrilling tussle in Dublin. The Scots looked well placed for glory until three minutes from the end of normal time before Niamh Atcheler snaffled an equaliser to tie things up at 2-2.
A pulsating period of extra-time ensued with Nikki Kidd going the closest when she rattled the left post as chances came thick and fast. But neither side could force a winner, leading to the penalties. Scotland netted their first three while Ireland missed one to take the advantage but two Emma Gray saves helped Ireland respond and Symmons superbly taken effort won the day.
Early on, Ali Bell completed a beautiful goal when she got on the end of a sharp move, instigated by Vikki Bunce in the fifth minute. Emma Smyth cancelled out that effort before the break through her own force of will, racing through on the left and pushing past the impressive Amy Gibson.
Scotland took back the lead in the second half, again from a good team move, one which originated inside their own 25. Nikki Lloyd laid up for Sam Judge who found the narrowest of gaps at the near post to slam home. And that was how it stayed until Atcheler’s late intervention and their ultimate rush to the bronze medal.
|October 07th, 2012 at 8:05 am||Ireland and Scotland face off in a Celtic battle for bronze; umpires are Lesley Pieterse (RSA) & Fanneke Alkemade (NED)|
|October 07th, 2012 at 8:05 am||Kareena Marshall receives her 50th cap as part of the pre-match presentations|
|October 07th, 2012 at 8:12 am||GOAL Scotland 1 (Bell) Ireland 0, 5mins, very good goal, Bunce drive and sharp wall pass finds Bell who finishes well|
|October 07th, 2012 at 8:24 am||Ireland level at 1-1, Smyth's fantastic solo effort ends with the ball falling fortuitously and popping in, 18mins|
|October 07th, 2012 at 8:48 am||Half-time: Scotland 1 (Bell) Ireland 1 (Smyth), very tight game, just like the pool game between the sides|
|October 07th, 2012 at 8:57 am||Judge slams home from a tight angle from Lloyd's lays up, finishing off a pitch-length move, SCO 2 IRL 1, 39mins|
|October 07th, 2012 at 9:10 am||Scotland remain in front but have had to keep out three corners as Ireland not done yet, SCO 2 IRL 1, 52mins|
|October 07th, 2012 at 9:25 am||Atcheler equalises with her second goal of the tournament, touching in from McCarthy's penalty corner hit, 2-2|
|October 07th, 2012 at 9:30 am||Final score: Scotland 2 Ireland 2, Atcheler's goal has sent this to golden goal extra-time|
|October 07th, 2012 at 9:41 am||Half-time of extra-time, still 2-2 between Scotland and Ireland|
|October 07th, 2012 at 9:47 am||Scotland go within centimetres of the winner as Kidd's drag-flick finds its way onto the post, SCO 2 IRL 2, 13mins ET|
|October 07th, 2012 at 9:50 am||Full-time and a lively extra-time ends level; we're off to a penalty shoot-out SCO 2 IRL 2|
|October 07th, 2012 at 9:56 am||1-1 after the first round as Kidd and Smyth score|
|October 07th, 2012 at 9:57 am||Judge and Harvey both score to make it 2-2 after two rounds|
|October 07th, 2012 at 9:59 am||Bunce scores and Jacob puts it wide; Wyllie then misses and Watkins scores for 3-3 after four rounds|
|October 07th, 2012 at 10:00 am||Marshall's effort slips wide and Symmons calmly steps up to roll home the winner; Ireland take bronze!|