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England Men joint top after win over Wales

8 April 2014

With two wins in two and an impressive goal difference, England Men faced Wales knowing a win would put them top of the table on day four at the Commonwealth Water Polo Championships.

Wales on the other hand were without a win, having drawn their first game with Singapore and losing against Malta yesterday.

England took the lead after two minutes courtesy of Sean King. Wales’ best player in the first two games, Dan Laxton, equalised moments later, forcing Andrei Iosep to bring on Joe O’Regan, Jake Vincent and Tom Curwen. The changes gave England fluidity and power going forward, putting the Welsh under real pressure.

Goals from Adam Scholefield, O’Regan and two from Curwen gave the English a 5-1 lead at the end of the first quarter.

England continued to dominate in the second quarter, increasing their lead to 9-1 before half time as they closed down all of Wales’ chances.

Final Score: England 11 - 3 Wales (5-1, 4-0, 2-0, 0-2)

Wales struggled to create any real scoring opportunities during the third quarter and the period finished 11-1.

Wales' Carl Wyatt and Dan Laxton found the back of the net to win the fourth quarter, but England claimed their third win and went joint top of the league with Malta. 

Final Score: England 11 - 3 Wales (5-1, 4-0, 2-0, 0-2)

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