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Wales Men Win Euro Qualifiers To Secure Sport At 2023 Eurohockey Championships

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In their last match of the EuroHockey Qualifiers in Glasgow, Wales men maintain their clean sheet with a 7-0 win over Gibraltar.

The victory means they claim gold at the tournament and seal qualification for the Euro Championships next year.

Wales won the first penalty corner of the game two and half minutes into play. As has become the norm, Gareth Furlong’s drag flick found the back of the net giving Wales an early lead.

Gibraltar soon answered with a penalty corner of their own, but the shot fired just wide.

With Wales on the constant attack, a few good opportunities failed to convert. A decent shot from Gareth Griffiths was well met by goalie Joseph Borg while a deflection from Jolyon Morgan hit the post.

In the final seconds of the first quarter, a Furlong drag flick via a penalty corner once again found its target to give Wales a 2-0 lead.

As the second quarter got underway, Furlong claimed his second hattrick of the tournament, converting another Welsh penalty corner.

The Welsh dominated position and territory for the remainder of the quarter yet good defending from Gibraltar denied them furthering their lead until the final minutes before half-time.

A long cross from Jacob Draper was knocked into goal by James Carson to secure Wales’ fourth and first field goal of the game.

Early into the second-half, Luke Hawker made it five for Wales. A great piece of play from Morgan along the baseline, he found the space to connect with Hawker who calmly redirected the ball into the goal.

A great save from goalkeeper Henry Emmett denied Dale Hutchinson a sixth for Wales before the break as he dived to tap in a cross from Morgan.

30 seconds into the last quarter, Fred Newbold added to Wales’ tally with a reverse stick strike straight into the back of the net.

Dan Kyriakides claimed the last of the game, his touch helping the ball over the line to make it 7-0.

Gibraltar had a good chance to get on the score board in the last minutes of play with four penalty corners in quick succession, but the Welsh defence held strong to keep their clean sheet.

With three wins from three, Wales top the table to win the Qualifiers and secure their place in the top tier of European hockey next year at the 2023 EuroHockey Championships in Mönchengladbach, Germany.

Head coach David Newcombe said: "In terms of the results we're really happy. We came here, three wins, three clean sheets, qualification for an A-division."

"We've had a brilliant summer, played a lot of hockey so [on to] the World Cup in January and then A division in Germany next summer, so yeah, proud of the boys."

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