Izzie makes Wales debut in Commonwealth Games!

Congratulations to Izzie Howell who earned her first official cap for the Senior Wales Hockey Squad, as the team triumphed in their opening match in the Commonwealth Games.

The Wales team caused a major upset in the opening match of the tournament with a fantastic  3-2 win over India, who are placed 16 places higher than Wales in the International Hockey Federation Rankings. This was a historic win as it was the first time the Welsh Women’s Hockey team had beaten a top 10 ranked side in the past two decades.

The team were leading 2-0 at half-time thanks to goals from Lisa Daley and Sian French before world No 10 India rallied back to 2-2 through skipper Rani and Nikki Pradhan. It took until three minutes from the end for Marke-Jones to grab a dramatic late winner, prompting scenes of jubilation on the Welsh bench.

A fantastic start for the team who now look forward to upcoming matches against England, South Africa and Malaysia. 

Click here to watch the full BBC match highlights of Wales’ opening day triumph!