GLASGOW: In A match where Malaysia had only one chance and Scotland had 22, the only surprise was that the Commonwealth Games hosts ended winning just 2-0 in this Group B match at the Glasgow National Hockey Stadium.
Just like how they lost 4-0 to Australia on Thursday, yesterday’s loss was due to defensive errors as well.
It could have been worse against Scotland as Malaysia gave away a total of eight penalty corners. Fortunately for them, the Scots failed to make Malaysia pay for it.
Still, the damage was inflicted by one player – forward Ailsa Wyllie, who scored a goal in each half.
She collected a loose ball in the semi-circle to score from close range in the 26th minute.
The 31-year-old Wyllie was on target again in the 40th minute when she capitalised on a silly error by defender Siti Noor Amarina Ruhani, who failed to clear the ball in the semi-circle.
Wyllie, with 141 international caps to her name, had no problem pushing the ball past goalkeeper Farah Ayuni Yahya.
National coach Mohd Nasihin Nubli was annoyed with his defenders.
“We gave too much room to our opponents to create chances. The defenders also failed to clear the ball fast enough from inside the semi-circle,” said Nasihin.
“The forwards were also a letdown as they only earned one penalty corner … and they wasted that chance.”
Malaysia's play England next tomorrow and wrap up their fixtures against Wales on July 30.