Day Three: Scotland confirm their place in the final, Northern Ireland a step closer

Day Three: Scotland confirm their place in the final, Northern Ireland a step closer


Another hat-trick made it a hat-trick of wins for Scotland, while Northern Ireland came from a goal down to beat South Korea on Day Three.




Mark Robertson marked his return to Scotland's starting lineup with a clinical hat-trick, as Scotland defeated Chile 4-1 to confirm their place in the final.

In his first Scotland start since August, Scotland's number seven wasted little time on his return to the starting seven, netting inside three minutes to set William McAdam's team on their way.

Chile responded past the midway point of the first half, with a brilliant run from Patricio Saavedra affording him space to shoot, and he fired past Christopher Moore to draw Chile level.

The nerves of the Scottish fans were alleviated just before half-time thanks to their talisman Martin Hickman, who, after a stellar Jamie Mitchell through ball, restored Scotland's advantage.

Two goals in 12 second-half minutes for Robertson brought up his hat-trick and put the match beyond doubt, becoming Scotland's third hat-trick scorer this tournament. Scotland needs a point from their final game against Italy to confirm their place at the summit of the standings, while Chile remains on a single point, a clash with Northern Ireland to follow.




Ryan Walker became the first player in the tournament to score four goals in a match, as Northern Ireland defeated South Korea 5-1.

Northern Ireland's passage to the final could theoretically be sealed as the team rest, with Chile and Italy both needing to win their respective tomorrow to remain a chance to join Scotland in the final.

After Paul Cassidy's re-classification, Jordan Walker started in goal, picking the ball out of his net inside three minutes as Choi Jongwoong put South Korea into the ascendancy.

The Northern Irish response was delayed but pivotal, Ryan Walker starting his hat-trick just before the half-time whistle and completing it 11 minutes after to put the game beyond doubt.

His fourth four minutes later and a David Leavy goal added to the celebrations before the mood quickly changed as South Korea's Jang Junho was stretchered off. An immediate and wonderful response allowed him to be taken into safe hands, as the full-time whistle blew shortly after.

Depending on other results, Mal Donaghy's team could be final-bound before they play next against Chile, with South Korea to play them 24 hours earlier in their next game.