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Thursday, 1 August, 2002, 15:35 GMT 16:35 UK

Golden goal denies Scots

By Clive Lindsay
BBC Sport Online in Manchester

A golden goal from Pietie Coetzee denied Scotland fifth place in the women's hockey event at the Commonwealth Games.

The South African's 10th goal of competition gave her side victory after the game had finished 3-3 in normal time.

But the Scots, beaten 4-1 by the same opponents in the group stages, were far from downhearted despite the fact that they finished one place worse than four years ago.

"The pleasing thing was that we demonstrated a lot of character to really step up after yesterday's defeat against England," said coach Mike Gilbert.

"They've realised what real hockey is all about"
Scotland captain Tracey Robb

Captain Tracey Robb said her team-mates had learned a lot from the campaign.

"They've realized what real hockey is all about," she said. "It is about taking chances and making tackles.

"These last few days have been very important for us as you don't get a chance to play teams like this on a regular basis."

South African forward Sophie Mayer opened the scoring from a penalty corner after nine minutes.

When Coetzee then made it 2-0 15 minutes later from another set-piece, it looked like the Scots were heading for another convincing reverse.

"It was a brilliantly-taken winning goal"
South Africa coach Rosalind Howell

But defender Emma Rochlin struck the ball home from a penalty corner just before the break to bring them back into the game.

Veteran forward Rhona Simpson equalised 10 minutes into the second half before both sides struck in an exciting last six minutes.

Jennifer Wilson put the South Africans back in front only for clever stick work from Sam Judge to again level the scores with four minutes remaining.

Coetzee struck two minutes into extra time to give South Africa some consolation after missing out on the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Canada defeated Malaysia 5-0 to finish seventh.


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