As they headed into their final group game of the week, Wales’ women knew a draw or a win against a tricky Malaysian side would put them on course for a highest finish at a Commonwealth Games, however despite their best efforts Wales went down 1 – 0 in a tight contest.
With a string of fine performances during the week to build on, Wales were cheered on by a partisan crowd that have grown accustomed to supporting Team Wales at the Gold Coast Hockey Centre as the welsh way of playing continued to excite. On the back of this, Wales set the early pace, creating a number of chances in the opening quarter however the Malaysian defence stood firm to leave the scores locked at 0 – 0 at the break. Quarter 2 was a much more even affair and it was the Malaysians who broke the deadlock with an opportunist deflection that found its way past Rose Thomas.
With everything still to play for Wales continued to pile on the pressure in the second half as chances continued to present themselves, however for all their efforts the Malaysian goalkeeper managed to keep Wales at bay. As the game progressed, and sensing an equaliser, Wales continued to pile on the pressure and the game finished with Wales camped in the Malaysian half, however the score remained at 1 – 0 at the full time hooter.
The result means Wales will play Ghana in their classification match on Thursday as they will bring their 2018 Commonwealth Games to a close.
Speaking after the game Head Coach Kevin Johnson commented:
We threw everything at Malaysia today and are both frustrated and disappointed to have got nothing from the game. Positively, we dominated a number of areas of the game against a tricky opponent but could not deliver the most vital component and put pressure on the scoreboard. There are a few things to put right in order to deliver a performance tomorrow in our classification match but we will bounce back in our aim now to leave this tournament having learnt some good lessons for the future and most importantly in attempting to win our last game, a goal we set ourselves before the tournament began.