WALES SUFFER DEFEAT TO AUSTRIANS
Wales concede 3 goals against Austrian side ranked 19th in the world
Uher and a double for Korper seal Austrian win
2 remaining games against Switzerland and Croatia
Wales men suffered defeat on the second day of the Hockey Series open in Zagreb. Despite Wales dominating the early exchanges, Dominic Uher opened the scoring for the Austrians with a well taken individual goal, seconds before the quarter time hooter. Austria managed to maintain this lead in a first half of very few chances,
Wales started the second half brightly earning two penalty corners but failed to find an equaliser on both occasions. Soon after, they were punished for their missed chances with the experienced Michael Korper finishing well from Austria’s first penalty corner of the period. Soon after, as Wales chased the game Korper added his second and his side’s third to put the result beyond doubt.
Wales can still progress to the next round but need to finish top two of the five team tournament.
Disappointed with the result and certain aspects of the performance. Whilst for the most part, we handled the ball pretty well, we were not consistent or clinical enough in the final third and our defence, which is an area we pride ourselves on, was not at the required level, especially in the second half. We always knew it would be a tough match and full credit to Austria who played well and took their chances when they came. We will regroup on our rest day today and then we’ll look forward to another big game against Switzerland on Thursday
They now face Switzerland on Thursday, 28 June (18.30 BST).