8th August 2017: Pool B was in action again today in Cardiff. Belarus are just ahead of hosts Wales overnight with one goal difference between the sides:
Belarus v Austria
Austria endured a 5-0 defeat in a game heavily dominated by Belarus.
Throughout the game Austria had opportunities but sadly couldn’t match the force and tenacity of Belarus; who pushed through two field goals during the first half, courtesy of #12 Sviatlana BAHUSHEVICH and #14 Nadzeya SILITISKAYA.
The second half almost ended on 4-0 after two successful penalty corners from #5 Krestina PAPKOVA and Ryta BATURA but thanks to a 58th minute goal from Volha SKRYBA; the game ended at 5-0.
Poland v Wales
An indescribably tense game for both teams, with promotion to the semi-finals at stake; both Wales and Poland showcased an epic display of determination to take their side through.
The first half ended 0-0 after a total of three missed penalty corners across the two teams; and two very close goals from Poland.
The third quarter saw two heart pounding saves from GK Rose THOMAS after Poland were awarded two penalty corners in short succession.
The game came to a roaring end after a stunning field goal from #10 Phoebe RICHARDS; securing Wales in the semi-finals.
Captain Abi Welsford told the BBC that “going into the tournament the plan was to always stick to their processes, keep going because something will happen eventually and tonight that was Phoebe scoring her goal”.
Head Coach Kevin Johnson explained there’s a resilience about this team that’ll keep them going, with the intent to win every game they play and play them well. He also credited Poland for their game today, who tested them well.
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