Scotland finish third in FIH Champions Challenge

Scotland Women's hockey squad
Scotland lost out to the United States in the semi-finals in Dublin

Scotland beat Spain in a penalty shoot-out to finish third at the FIH Champions Challenge in Dublin.

The Scots twice led through goals from Holly Cram and Nikki Kidd as the match finished 2-2 and captain Linda Clement hit the post in extra time.

Laura Bartlett scored the decisive penalty in a tense shoot-out.

On Saturday, USA beat Scotland 3-0 in the semi-final to avenge an earlier group defeat as Clement played her 100th game as skipper.

Gordon Shepherd's side were the lowest-ranked side going into the tournament but have surpassed expectations.

"The USA showed their class and stepped it up after the interval, scoring two good goals," Shepherd told BBC Radio Scotland after the semi-final defeat.

"I was happy with the way we played in the first half and to be level at half time was a reflection of how close the match was.

"It was an important match for us, but I honestly felt Wednesday's win against Azerbaijan was just as important for getting us into the top four and avoiding the bottom four places."

The Scots defeated the Americans 3-1 in the group stage, as well as drawing with Japan and South Africa before a 3-2 victory over Azerbaijan in the quarter-finals.

"These teams are used to playing consistently at this high level and we should be proud of our efforts this week," added Shepherd.

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