A hat-trick by Surbiton’s Gareth Furlong was not enough to stop India winning a thriller against Wales 4-3 at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games on Sunday. The match proved to be a penalty corner masterclass with all seven goals coming from the set pieces.
After a goalless first quarter, Dilpreet Singh opened the scoring for India in the 16th minute. A minute later, Furlong responded to set the pattern for the rest of the match.
India restored their lead through Mandeep Singh two minutes before half time and held the 2-1 advantage until the end of the third quarter when Furlong was on target again.
With four minutes remaining, the score was still 2-2 but a dramatic final few minutes saw India take the lead; Wales think they’d earned a draw only for India to steal the win at the end.
Harmanpreet Singh gave India the lead for the third time in the 57th minute, but Furlong completed his hat-trick a minute later as Wales thought they had earned a well deserved draw. However Sunil Sowmarpet broke Welsh hearts in the penultimate minute.
Wales will now play their final pool game against England on 10 April, having earned just one point in a hard fought 1-1 draw with Pakistan, but they came close to getting a result against India as well.
The Daily Schedule with links to information about individual matches can be found at the Commonwealth Games website