Wales lose to experienced Ireland

Wales lose to experienced Ireland

Wales put in a brave performance against World number 10 Ireland in their semi final however came up just short losing out 3 - 1 to the 2016 Olympians. 

 
Knowing that a victory would guarantee a spot in the final and safe passage to World League Round 3 the game had everything you would expect for a international game. 

Wales started at a ferocious pace and took the game to their higher ranked opponents, looking comfortable on the ball and showing Ireland the threat they possess with a number of swift counter attacks and penetrating attacks. Wales were on the front foot early in the game and could sense a chance that was rewarded with a penalty corner after some fine build up work. Gareth Furlong made no mistake flicking the ball precisely to give Wales a deserved 1 - 0 lead. 
 
The 2nd quarter saw Ireland grow into the game and they showed their experience with a number of fine attacking plays however the Welsh defence was holding strong. As the period progressed it was obvious Ireland sniffed a chance and their pressure was rewarded when they earned their first penalty corner of the game that was clinically dispatched by Shane O Donaghue in the 18th minute. This fired Ireland into action and seven minutes later they added their 2nd to take a 2 - 1 lead into half time. 
 
After the break both teams traded possession and were in search of the all important next goal and Wales went close through Luke Hawker and Owain Dolan Gray before Ireland snatched their 3rd to make the comeback a tough task for Wales. 
 
As the game drew out Wales took off their goalkeeper as a last throw of the dice and continued to pile on the pressure however the experienced Irish side thwarted a number of chances to close out the game and progress to the final.