Wales’s women secured a semi-final place with a group game to spare at the EuroHockey Championships II as they thrashed Lithuania in the Czech Republic.
Fresh from their 2-0 victory over Russia the day before, Wales knew victory over Lithuania – the lowest ranked team in the competition – could see them reach the final four of this competition for the first time since 2017.
They got off to the perfect start too as Isabelle Howell scored for the second time in as many days to give them the lead in the 10th minute before Sarah-Jayne Thorburn added a second just a few moments later.
Olivia Hoskins found the back of the net in the 36th minute in just her second cap for Wales, with Xenna Hughes – who played her 100th game for Wales yesterday – adding her name to the scoresheet one minute later. Hughes then added her second with the final touch of the game to complete the five star performance.
That results leaves them sitting top of Pool A on six points, with Poland in second on four, Russia in third on one point and Lithuania at the foot of the table yet to get off the mark.
Teams have a rest day tomorrow before playing their final group games on Wednesday 18 August. Wales play Poland at 13:30 BST. The game will be streamed live on the EuroHockey TV website.