Wales complete series win over France

Wales Steve Kelly takes on the French defence

Wales have beaten France in the closing stages of their second and final test against France to seize a double home international win at the National Hockey Centre in Cardiff. In a close fought match, it was Cardiff & Met’s Owain Dolan-Gray that secured a 1-0 win for the home side with five minutes to spare.

Wales Head Coach Zak Jones was delighted by the result, which sees them beat a side ranked 19 places higher in the world list:

“We’re thrilled to get a second win tonight. This series has been challenging for the men and we definitely have some things to work on, but to come away with two wins against a side like France is a great result.

“France played very well and we were lucky to get out of the first half at 0-0. They’ve given us a tough series, which is great for our team and makes the win that bit more special; I’m delighted with the result.”

In the first half France had a number of opportunities and kept the home side under pressure, but Wales goal keeper and co-captain David Kettle kept Wales in the game with a number of impressive saves.

Wales had their chances, with opportunities from Luke Hawker on a penalty corner and Gareth Furlong, but both went just high of the bar. After a period of pressure from Wales, it was Cardiff & Met’s Owain Dolan-Gray that was able to break through the French defence to score with a field goal in the 66th minute.

Having played a number of new caps during the series, the series win is a very positive result for the squad and stands them in good stead leading into their next home international against Poland in July (1st-3rd), again at the National Hockey Centre in Cardiff.