Malaysia lose to Scotland for fifth defeat in UK tour

PETALING JAYA: It was not a strong ending that Malaysia had hoped for in the United Kingdom when they lost 0-1 to Scotland Under-23 side at the Clydesdale Hockey and Cricket Club yesterday.

The Scots scored the game’s only goal in the 55th minute through Keir Robb’s field goal, as Malaysia suffered their fifth defeat in the tour.

They also have lost against Repton (0-2), England Under-21 (2-3 and 0-2) and Hampstead and Westminster (1-3).

In the eight matches played, the juniors only beat England Under-21 (5-4) and Wales Under-21 (2-1). The only draw came against Scotland when they held them 1-1 on Friday.

Though defeated, coach Wallace Tan felt that his boys played well, and he would take some positives ahead of the Junior World Cup next month.

“I cannot fault their effort against Scotland. This whole stint was for them to adjust to some competitive games after not having played for almost two years. I just wanted to see growth in every game,” said Wallace.

“They showed progress in every game, but there were lessons that they learnt from their mistakes too.

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