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Wales Women hold strong Chile side to a draw

An action packed first half saw the Senior Women’s Hockey team hold Chile to a 2-2 draw in the opening game of their Tri-Nations series in Uruguay.

Wales started to the game on the attacking foot, continuously putting pressure on the side ranked ten places above them in world standings.

Despite going 1-0 down in the first quarter, a busy second period of action saw Izzy Webb find the equaliser before two well executed penalty corners in the penultimate minute of the second half saw both sides double the scoreline with Eloise Laity finding the net for Wales.

This was not an official test match meaning the side included six uncapped players who will have the opportunity to make their international debut this evening against Uruguay.

Head Coach Kevin Johnson commented: "I was so pleased to see the group continue to make positive progress with tonight’s result and performance against a Chile side who challenged us throughout with their style and flair. We showed both our character and our skill in coming back twice from a goal down and look forward to backing this up in our game tomorrow against the hosts Uruguay.”

Goal scorer Eloise Laity said: "it's great to get the first game of the tournament under our belt especially coming back from behind twice, it was a really enjoyable game and I can't wait for tomorrow."

Wales will next play Uruguay at 11:30pm UK time on Thursday 15th July.

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