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Lilian gets two as SA go 2-0 up against Scotland
- Updated: February 16, 2014
A 4-2 victory saw the Investec South African womens’ side sink Scotland and run up a 2-0 series lead at the Tshwane University of Technology on Saturday.
Playing at pace and with speed and precision SA team led 3-0 at half-time while Scotland came back strongly after the changeover to pull back to 3-2 before a late goal saw South Africa home.
SA’s goals came from Kelly Madsen (seventh minute), Lilian du Plessis (21st and 70th) and captain Sulette Damons (29th) while Scotland netted through Linda Clement (53rd) and Nikki Lloyd (67th).ÔÇ¿ÔÇ¿SA won the first Test 5-3 on Friday night while the third Test is at 3pm Sunday.
Bernie Coston, Damons and Celia Evans got in early shots for SA and in the seventh minute Madsen popped in the rebound off goalkeeper Nicole Cochrane from the first penalty corner.
Both sides were effecting numerous turnovers, which made for exciting hockey but would have garnered mixed feeling from the respective coaches, Giles Bonnet (SA) and Gordon Shepherd (Scotland).
In the 11th Nicolene Terblanche fired a pass to Damons in the strike zone and the sharpshooter turned beautifully but slammed her shot just past the near post.
Two minutes later Scot Jen Eadie smacked a shot past the near post. SA broke out for Lilian du Plessis to smash her trademark backhand past the far post as the action came thick and fast.
Scotland’s Linda Clement’s deflection flew over the crossbar before Nicola Skrastin saw a gilt-edged chance go astray from Sarah Robertson’s baseline pass.
In the 17th Evans’ effort was blocked by the keeper while in the 21st Du Plessis made it 2-0 to SA when her strike deflected off a defender’s stick and looped over the unfortunate Cochrane.
Two minutes later Du Plessis’ drag-flick from SA’s second PC was superbly saved and cleared by Cat Ralph, but the on-song striker was instrumental in engineering her side’s third PC which was well defended.
SA were not to denied and in the 29th Quanita Bobbs and Evans combined for captain Damons to beat the keeper (3-0).
A determined Scotland came back and were only thwarted by a superb smother of Ailsa Wyllie by keeper Hanli Hattingh from inside the six-yard box after Holly Cram’s powerful, pinpoint cross from the right.
On half-time SA won their fourth PC ÔÇô a messy effort that was almost salvaged by Lisa Deetlefs but the ball bobbled past the near post.
SA’s Jade Mayne, Christine Roos and Marcelle Manson made crucial tackles in the strike zone during the first half.
After the break Scotland successfully defended SA’s fifth PC but Damons’ side kept pressing and Candice Manuel was causing problems down the right.
Scotland got back into the game and in the 53rd Linda Clement followed up her side’s first PC to pull one back after Susie McGilveray’s strong initial strike (3-1). McGilveray then had a double strike from Scotland’s second PC well saved once ÔÇô and then twice ÔÇô by Hattingh.
It was McGilveray yet again, this time making a crucial intervention at the other end from an incisive SA attack.ÔÇ¿ÔÇ¿SA got out of jail in the 65th with some composed defending but three minutes from full-time (67th) Scotland scored in identical fashion to their first goal, except this time Nikki Lloyd popped it in from Cat Ralph’s strike.
In the final minute SA hit the post before Du Plessis slammed in SA’s fourth goal from her team’s fifth PC and the 4-2 final score. SA go 2-0 up in the five-test series.