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Canada and Wales play out tense draw

27 July 2002

Canada and Wales played out a tense 1-1 draw in the opening match of pool 4.

Wales v Canada

Action from Canada v Wales earlier today

Neither team was able to find any sort of rhythm in a first-half littered with stoppages and unforced errors. Tempers started to fray from the outset in the early afternoon heat, and Michael Lee (CAN) was shown the yellow card within the first 10 minutes.

Wales were unable to force a breakthrough from the possession they subsequently enjoyed. Paul Edwards (WAL) went closest from a penalty corner, but Canadian goalkeeper Mike Mamood was equal to the shot.

Canada opened the second half as they had finished the first, enjoying a period of sustained pressure. At the other end Simon Organ saw another Wales penalty corner finely saved by Mahmood (CAN) following a break.

However, Organ finally got the better of Mahmood in the 50th minute from the penalty spot after James Westerman (WAL) – consistently Wales’s most dangerous player – was fouled.

Wayne Fernandes (CAN), who returned to play during the penalty stoppage, was on hand to equalise for Canada eight minutes later from a slickly executed penalty corner routine.

Canada were again reduced to 10 men for the final 10 minutes when Paul Wettlaufer was yellow carded, and were almost made to pay in the final minute as James Davies-Yandle’s effort just went over the bar.

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