Hertfordshire 2-10, Scotland 0-06
By Martin Mannering.
An enterprising and intelligent performance saw Hertfordshire secure a place in the All Britain final against four in a row chasing Lancashire next Sunday with a well-deserved victory over Scotland at Old Bedians Manchester.
Herts began with the wind advantage but were slow out of the blocks and the Scottish side looked the more convincing in the early stages as the moved the ball smartly and pressed forward in numbers.
They opened the scoring within two minutes when Barry Russell found space in front of goal after a patient build up. Russell blasted a shot on goal only to see Ryan Davies make a superb save to deflect the ball over. Bryan Russell added another a minute later with a superb left foot kick from distance and Scotland were looking fair set.
Joe Gallagher, well supported by Ian O’Leary, began to assert themselves at midfield for Herts, while Gary Connolly and Martin Calvey in the half back line also got a grip as they came more into the game.
Wesley Keane got their first point and the impressive Luke Maloney levelled with a 40-metre effort after eight minutes and although Alan Ward restored the advantage a minute later it was apparent that the tide was turning.
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