Scotland promoted to Europe's elite hockey league

Hockey player Leigh Fawcett
Laigh Fawcett collected her 50th cap in the win over Belarus

Victory at the EuroHockey Nations Championship II in Poznan, Poland, means Scotland have won promotion to the continent's elite division.

A 2-0 win over Belarus in the final gave the Scots the gold medal and qualification to the 2013 tournament.

Vikki Bunce opened the scoring early on with a low, drilled effort before Nikki Kidd had two efforts saved by the Belarusian keeper.

Catriona Ralph's second-half penalty squirmed over the line to seal the win.

Coach Gordon Shepherd said: "We're delighted to have won and got promotion to the 'A' division.

"It has been a very hard and long road, but we've succeeded in reaching our target.

"We learned from the pool match against Belarus and produced an excellent performance.

"We started a bit slowly in the competition but got the right result. We're over the moon."

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