Men U.19 v Montenegro - Game 2 Drawn.
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20 April 2014

Men U.19 v Montenegro - Game 2 Drawn.

Wales and Montenegro drew 0-0 in their second friendly Men's U19 match.

Wales and Montenegro drew 0-0 in their second friendly Men's U19 match.

Wales made six changes from the team that played in the first match on Tuesday afternoon, when they won 2-0. The closeness of the two games certainly showed and the match was certainly a different affair from the first game.

Both sides still looked to play football on a very good surface at Dragon Park, Newport, home of the FAW Technical Centre.

Wales, captained by Everton full-back Gethin Jones, looked to carry-on from where they had left-off on Tuesday with some nice passing play whenever they could. Montenegro looked to make it as hard as they could for the Welsh and closed-down quickly. Wales keeper, Michel Crowe of Ipswich Town looked assured enough and was equal to all that came his way in the opening 45 minutes.

Up front, Callum Saunders (Crewe Alexandra) lead the line and received good support from Swansea City's Josh Sheehan in midfield.

The second half saw Ryan Hedges (Swansea City) introduced instead of his club team-mate Alex Bray, and after another fifteen minutes, Bradley Reid, the Wolves striker back on loan at Wrexham, was also introduced up-front for Swansea's Connor Roberts. Reid was busy for the thirty minutes he was on the pitch and had a chance to put Wales ahead, but missed his shot. Declan Weeks of Wolves took-over from Rob Evans (Wrexham) just after the hour mark and Curtis Strong (Stoke City) was the final substitute, taking-over from Saunders on 76 minutes.

Montenegro also made plenty of changes in the second half and were always a threat to the Welsh back-line. Captain Marko Jankovic went close on the hour mark, forcing a good save from keeper Crowe, whilst substitute Marko Ilincic also spurned a chance a few minutes later.

A 0-0 draw was a fair result, as both sides showed plenty of effort and endeavour without being able to beat the defences on the day. No doubt both managers will have plenty of positives to take from the pair of games, and the sides will have reciprocal friendly games in Montenegro next season.

For Wales manager Geraint Williams, it has been a good opportunity to look at some of his options after some of his first-pick players were forced to withdraw through injury or club commitments.

Next-up for Wales, the Elite Round matches that will see them play hosts Portugal plus Belgium and Greece.

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Wales plays Montenegro at Newport this afternoon (Thursday).

This is the second friendly match at Men's Under 19 level, in preparation for the UEFA Elite Round Qualifiers in Portugal at the end of May.

Wales won the first game 2-0 on Tuesday with a brace of goals from Swansea City's Sam Evans.

Manager Geraint Williams has made six changes for today's game, so that all squad members will have started a match over the two matches.

The team is:

12.Michael Crowe - Ipswich Town
2.Gethin Jones - Everton (c)
5.Dominic Smith - Shrewsbury Town
8.Rob Evans - Wrexham / Wrecsam
10.Josh Sheehan - Swansea City / Dinas Abertawe
11.Owain Jones - Swansea City / Dinas Abertawe
13.Curtis Watkins - Cardiff City / Dinas Caerdydd
14.Sam Evans - Swansea City / Dinas Abertawe
15.Connor Roberts - Swansea City / Dinas Abertawe
16.Callum Saunders - Crewe Alexandra
17.Alex Bray - Swansea City / Dinas Abertawe

1.Callum Preston - Birmingham City
3.Curtis Strong - Stoke City
4.Declan Weeks - Wolverhampton Wanderers
6.Bradley Wickham - Cardiff City / Dinas Caerdydd
7.Ryan Hedges - Swansea City / Dinas Abertawe
9.Bradley Reid - Wolverhampton Wanderers

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Wales beat Montenegro 2-0 at Newport this afternoon.

The win was fully deserved, as Geraint Williams' team battled for the whole 90 minutes against very stern opposition.

The opening 45 minutes was an even affair and chances were few and far between. The best chance fell to Wales on 20 minutes when Bradley Reid had a shot blocked by the Montenegro goalie. Otherwise the half was played-out in midfield, on a good surface in dry conditions.

The second half brought rain, as well as four substitutes at half time for the visitors. Wales kept the same 11 until 55 minutes, when Alex Bray of Swansea City took-over from club team-mate Owain Jones. The substitute did well for himself and his team from then-on. Two further changes for Wales came just after the hour mark with Callum Saunders (son of Dean) coming-on with Sam Evans of Swansea City in place of Rob Evans and Bradley Reid.

Evans was in the right place at the right time as a low cross into the box found him unmarked and he side-footed the ball home on 64 minutes for wales to take the lead, that after Montenegro had gone close through and effort from captain and chief play-makerMarko Jankovic on the hour.

The goal certainly knocked the stuffing out of the visitors for a short while, but they soon regrouped and pressed from a goal. However, Sam Evans was to score a second from a great centre by Josh Sheehan. His header beating the Montenegro goalie all ends up on 78 minutes.

The game was won, but Wales continued to impress in the final minutes as the rain continued to come-down. The result assured, the team continued to pass the ball well as is the style with all the Welsh squads now.

Ref Brian James brought the game to a close and a 2-0 win was just reward for a good shift from the Wales team.

The second match is at 2pm on Thursday afternoon at the same venue. A good work-out ahead of the UEFA qualifiers in May in Portugal and some stand-out performances from Dominic Smith, Josh Sheehan and goalscorer Sam Evans.
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The Wales team has been named for today's friendly match with Montenegro at Dragon Park, Newport. The two sides will meet again on Thursday afternoon.

The game kicks off at 3pm and is in preparation for the UEFA Elite Round qualifiers in May / June in Portugal.

1.Callum Preston - Birmingham City
2.Gethin Jones - Everton (c)
3.Curtis Strong - Stoke City
4.Declan Weeks - Wolverhampton Wanderers
5.Dominic Smith - Shrewsbury Town
6.Bradley Wickham - Cardiff City
7.Ryan Hedges - Swansea City
8.Rob Evans - Wrexham
9.Bradley Reid - Wolverhampton Wanderers
10.Josh Sheehan - Swansea City
11.Owain Jones - Swansea City

12.Michael Crowe - Ipswich Town
13.Curtis Watkins - Cardiff City
14.Sam Evans - Swansea City
15.Connor Roberts - Swansea City
16.Callum Saunders - Crewe Alexandra
17.Alex Bray - Swansea City

Harry Wilson (Liverpool) has withdrawn from the squad.

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There have been a number of changes to the U19 squad to face Montenegro.

Wales plays Montenegro at Under 19 level today.

The matches are in preparation for the UEFA Elite Round Qualifiers that will be held in Portugal in late May / early June.

Due to injuries and club commitments, Manager Geraint Williams has been forced to make seven changes from his original squad for the two friendly fixtures.

The games with Montenegro will be at Dragon Park, Newport at the FAW Technical Centre on Tuesday 22nd and Thursday 24th April. The matches are not open to the general public.

The revised squad is:

Michael Crowe - Ipswich Town
Callum Preston - Birmingham City
Gethin Jones - Everton
Dominic Smith - Shrewsbury Town
Declan Weeks - Wolverhampton Wanderers
Curtis Strong - Stoke City
Rob Evans - Wrexham
Harry Wilson - Liverpool
Callum Saunders - Crewe Alexandra
Bradley Reid - Wolverhampton Wanderers
Josh Sheehan - Swansea City / Dinas Abertawe
Owain Jones - Swansea City / Dinas Abertawe
Bradley Wickham - Cardiff City / Dinas Caerdydd
Curtis Watkins - Cardiff City / Dinas Caerdydd
Ryan Hedges - Swansea City / Dinas Abertawe
Sam Evans - Swansea City / Dinas Abertawe
Alex Bray - Swansea City / Dinas Abertawe
Connor Roberts - Swansea City / Dinas Abertawe

Men U.19 v Montenegro - A Good win for Wales.
Men U.19 v Montenegro - A Good win for Wales.
Men U.19 v Montenegro - A Good win for Wales.
Men U.19 v Montenegro - A Good win for Wales.
Men U.19 v Montenegro - Team Named for Game 2
Men U.19 v Montenegro - Team Named for Game 2
Men U.19 v Montenegro - Team Named for Game 2