Wales Men beat South Africa 3-2 to finish ninth at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games on Friday.
Wales didn’t have a single shot from open play, but their penalty corner routine earned them the win with three conversions out of seven.
South Africa’s Gareth Heyns forced two saves from former Surbiton goalkeeper David Kettle from their only two penalty corners in the first quarter. Reza Rosenberg also went close, shooting wide of the left post from open play as the first quarter ended.
Wales fell behind in the 19th minute, Ryan Julius crossing from the left for Ryan Crowe to score from close range. Wales levelled three minutes before half time, Luke Hawker slipping the ball to Surbiton’s Gareth Furlong to score his fourth goal of the tournament.
Having struggled in the first quarter, Wales came into their own in the third and took the lead in the 42nd minute. Whilst the South African defence concentrated on Furlong, James Carson took advantage and found the net just above the backboard to put Wales 2-1 ahead.
South Africa were back level just 40 seconds into the fourth quarter, Dayaan Cassiem managing to slip the ball past James Fortnam, who replaced Kettle in the second and fourth quarters.
Wales also suffered a mini crisis as they were briefly reduced to nine players early in the fourth quarter, Alf Dinnie following Carson in the sin-bin after both players were shown green cards.
South Africa’s Austin Smith spent the last three minutes in the sin-bin after seeing yellow and Wales took advantage from their seventh penalty corner. It was Carson again who scored the winner with just 77 seconds remaining.
South Africa replaced their goalkeeper with a kicking back but Wales eventually were able to run the clock out to finish in ninth place.
Furlong and captain, Lewis Prosser were both in the Welsh starting lineup.
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