WALES MEN SHOULDER FIRST LOSS OF GAMES AGAINST MALAYSIA.
Wales suffered a disappointing defeat early this morning to Malaysia; a team ranked 12 places above them in the World rankings. Despite this difference, Wales dominated the first quarter but could not capitalise on any of their chances and it was Malaysia who broke the deadlock when they were awarded a penalty stroke five minutes into the second period. The remainder of the quarter was an evenly contested affair with no further scoring as the score remained 0-1 at half time.
During the second half Wales continued to push hard but once again, it was Malaysia who proved the more clinical of the two sides. Converting a penalty corner after a goal mouth scramble in the third quarter to extend their lead to 2-0. During the 4th quarter, despite the sweltering heat, Wales continued to press in search of a goal. However, Malaysia’s defence stood firm and they added a third following a fortuitous deflection late on to put an unflattering gloss on the scoreline.
Reflecting on a match rich with learning, Wales Head Coach, Zak Jones:
I’m pleased with many aspects of the performance but frustrated by the end result. I thought we handled the ball pretty well for long periods but just didn’t create enough clear-cut opportunities out of our possession and territory; and credit to Malaysia, they were more clinical and took their chances when they came. The game highlighted how tight the margins are at this level and ultimately their experience of playing higher ranked teams more often showed. However, we are improving and learning with every game and looking forward to the next two challenges.
Wales next face India at 10:30am BST on Sunday 8th April.