WALES DRAW IN OPENING GAME OF EUROHOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS II
Wales U18 Boys secure a 3 – 3 draw with their Scottish counterparts
Wales trailed by three goals a minute into the second half
Two goals from Rhys Bradshaw and one from Miles Margetson secure point
Yesterday evening saw Wales U18 Boys make a positive start against Scotland in their opening game of the 2018 EuroHockey Youth Championships II. In the first of their 3 group games, Wales came back from a three-goal deficit, to draw 3 all in front of a passionate home crowd in Cardiff.
Despite Wales making a confident start in the first quarter, Scotland took the lead through a close range goal from David Nairn. The Scots then doubled their lead on the 20-minute mark with Struan Walker finishing well after finding himself in space in the Welsh circle.
15 seconds into the second half, the Scots scored their third of the evening courtesy of yet another short-range strike, this time from Jacob Tweedie. Soon after, Wales launched an incredible comeback which saw them score 3 goals in a superb 6 minute spell. Rhys Bradshaw (Cardiff & Met) opened Wales’ account for the evening with a well taken individual goal before Chester’s Miles Margetson scored on his reverse from a tight angle. Wales then drew level, with Bradshaw’s second of the game coming via a penalty corner.
The final quarter of the game finished goalless and despite chances for both sides, neither side were able to find a winner.
Head Coach Lee Ible after the game he said:
To come away with a point against a strong opponent like Scotland is a pleasing. The fact we came from 3 down to do so is extra pleasing. We showed great spirit and quality to completing turn the game around the third quarter. What is also very pleasing is how we managed the final stages of the game. Yes, there are things we can learn and do better, but on the whole the guys were superb to a man. I think we were more than deserving of the point
Wales will on Tuesday facing Switzerland in their second game of the tournament starting at 18:00.
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Picture: Irfon Bennett