29th July 2016: The first semi-final of the day saw France girls take on Czech Rep. After an entertaining opening France scored first – the Czech goalie was caught out with the speed of the shot by Johanna Lhopital scoring her fifth goal of the tournament. Lhopital anticipated the pass really well and slid the ball under the pads of the goalkeeper. France played really nice hockey, skilful players, getting the ball in the D. Czech’s still carried a threat but France looked solid until half time.

France were awarded a penalty flick early in the second half but a great save kept the score at 1-0. The hard work of Czech Rep paid off and they scored a vital equaliser from a penalty corner routine. Barbora Pazitkova smashed it into the net half way inside the D.

The match ended 1-1 and went to a dramatic shootout. It took eight shots each to separate the two and it was Clelia Deroo who ended up winning it for France to put them through to the final, and ensure qualification for her team.

The opening game on Pitch 2 saw Italy defeat Ukraine in the girls’ competition. Italy were sensational in the first half, scoring three goals in the first 15 minutes. Anna Matteraglia scored the first in a blistering opening, Elettra Bormida scored next – another good goal by the red-hot Italians, and just two minutes later Sara Puglisi scored a penalty stroke.

Ukraine started the second half with a goal – Karyna Leonova scoring to make it 3-1 to Italy. Any idea of a Ukrainian fightback were put to bed a few minutes later when Italy’s Elettra Bormida made it 4-1 from a penalty corner. Michela Cinti added a fifth on 61 minutes before she scored again in the last minute to complete a sensational 6-1 win for the Italians.

Belarus beat Scotland in the second girls’ semi-final of the day. The game’s first opportunity produced the game’s first goal. A good Volha Skryba interception for Belarus allowed her to run into the Scotland D and won a penalty corner. From the penalty corner, Ina Kaminskaya forced the ball home from a penalty corner to give Belarus the lead. It was an ugly goal to lose, but a welcomed one for Belarus.

The second half started disastrously for the Scots with Yuliya Yubko making it 2-0 from penalty flick. It was a tough blow for the Scots who never had an opportunity to settle in the second half.

For the final 15 minutes of the match Scotland threw everything they had at Belarus. Anna Logan and Bella Fisken were involved in everything Scotland did. But in their efforts to pull a goal back Belarus caught the Scots on the break with a minute to go and made it 3-0.

The Scots bravely battled on until the end but it was Belarus who reached the final, and were rewarded with qualification. They play France tomorrow in the EuroHockey U18 Youth Championship II final in Glasgow, and Scotland will play in the 3rd/4th place play off.

Lithuania and Austria girls battled out a draw on Pitch 2 in Glasgow. Evelina Astrauskaite scored the first goal of the game when she finished off a good move to give Lithuania the leads on 22 minutes. Lithiania were give a green card for Rosita Klevickaite and a yellow card for Samanta Jakovlevaite just after the break and not long later Johanna Buchleitner levelled the score from a penalty corner. There was a flurry of cards towards the end of the game but it ended 1-1.

Austria took on France in the first of the boys’ semi-finals and it was the French who came up trumps in the end. It was a slow start to the game with both sides playing it safe. France were first to step up the pace and were rewarded with the opening goal. Timothée Clément finished superbly well after a good exchange in the Austrian D on 21 mins. Étienne Tynevez scored a second for France on 26 minutes and it looked like France were on easy street

Austria were given a lifeline when they were awarded a penalty flick. Maximilian Scholz stepped up and buried it in the bottom right corner on 35 minutes. Then the game completely changed when Austria scored an equaliser moments later.

Stefan Fichtinger buried the ball low and hard next to the post to make it 2-2 right on half time. Étienne Tynevez scored again for the French to win the game 3-2 and book a place in the boys’ final.

Switzerland scored on either side of half time to go 2-0 ahead in the 3rd/4th place playoff in the boys’ tournament. Goals from Kevin Wintenberger and Tom Hug put the Swiss in a great position. They furthered their advantage in the 43rd minute when Nick Schwehr scored from a penalty corner to make it 3-0. They scored a fourth when Valentin Gonzalo blasted home on 44 minutes.

Then the floodgates opened and we were treated to a goal-fest. Roman Hyrenko, and an Oleksander Lipskyi hat trick racked up the goals Ukraine while Schwehr added a couple of goals to his tally to make a final score of Ukraine 4 Switzerland 6.

Russia boys defeated Wales 4-2 in another high-scoring match in Glasgow. A late first half goal gave them the lead before a relentless flurry of goals in the second half entertained the fans in Glasgow. The Russians came out on top of what was a great game of hockey.

The finale of the day was Scotland versus Poland in the boys’ semi-final. A very even start from both sides swung in Poland’s favour when Scotland’s defence seemed to switch off for a split second and Poland punished them for it. They took the lead through Krystian Sudol, tapping the ball into the goal at the far post.

The Scots kept their composure and continued to control the game. Then came a well-deserved goal for Scotland from a penalty corner. McQuade slammed the ball into the net on the half time hooter to make the score 1-1.

Great play by Johnston down the right created an opportunity for the Scots but Poland conceded a penalty corner. A sloppy challenge during the penalty corner saw Scotland awarded a penalty flick. McQuade stepped up and slammed the ball into the bottom left corner of the net. 2-1.

For all of Scotland’s guile Poland were always a danger. Krystian Sudol bagged his second of the game – a carbon copy of his first, with 16 minutes remaining.

Then superb skill on the left carved the Scottish defence open and Albert Wrzesinski scored to put Poland ahead with 5 minutes remaining. 3-2 it finished and Poland qualified for the final.