Wales Junior Women’s Hockey team play out a draw against Malaysia
Dragflick Newsdesk : In a very exciting game of hockey, Wales secure a draw against Malaysia in their second game of the Women’s Hockey Junior World Cup in South Africa.
This gives them one point ahead of their final pool game on Tuesday 5th April against Germany.
Wales started the game as the better side, building up play well and winning a penalty corner in the first few minutes. This was soon followed by three more consecutive penalty corners, all of which the Welsh squad unfortunately failed to convert into a goal.
After being put under all sorts of pressure early on by the Welsh, Malaysia found their feet towards the end of the first quarter and Elizaberth Anak scored the opening goal in the 15th minute, putting Malaysia ahead.
The second quarter saw the sides very evenly matched as they battled it out to find the back of the net.
Emily Drysdale made a brilliant tackle to deny Malaysia another opportunity before Wales went on the attack and won another penalty corner.
Their fifth penalty corner of the game, captain Izzie Howell deflected the ball perfectly to score Wales’ first goal and make the score even at half-time.
Malaysia came out strong in the second half as Wales appeared to tire in the third quarter. Despite a good drive from Maddie Goodman and a handful of good runs, they struggled to keep the ball.
A penalty corner from Malaysia first found the post before Nuramirah Zulkifli fired the rebound into the bottom-right hand corner.
Zulkifli then took her side further ahead with her second goal, making the score 3-1 to Malaysia going into the final 15 minutes.
Wales came back fighting in the final quarter and took advantage of a one player advantage after Malaysia’s Nor Isahhidun received a yellow card.
Jessica Hill got a great touch in ahead of the defender to score for Wales and bring them within one goal of the Malaysian side.
Staying positive, their spirit and persistence paid off again as Cerys Preston’s quick reactions gave Wales another goal to even the scores.
Despite chances for both sides, the last five minutes of the game remained goalless with the score remaining at 3-3 when the final whilst sounded.
Wales really raised their game in the last quarter and fought hard for a deserved draw. They can now look forward to their final pool game on Tuesday at 16:30 against Germany. Watch the match live on Watch.Hockey.