It was a day to forget for the Wales U17s side as they suffered a 7-1 defeat to the Czech Republic in the opening match of the Telki Cup in Hungary.
Czech Republic 7-1 Wales
2018 Telki Cup
Czech Republic: Hlozec (2’), Votjech (6’), Svoboda (22’ 38’), Kozeluh (41’), Pech (45’), Sip (77’)
Wales: Taylor (48’)
The Czechs dominated from the start with two goals in the opening ten minutes for Adam Hlozek and Vojtech Wojatschke. Wales did settle into the game as Chem Campbell took control of the midfield, looking for the ball from the defensive line and driving forward but Antonin Svoboda pounced on a half chance after the twenty-minute mark to increase his sides lead. The misery fell yet again for Wales in the closing ten minutes as three quick goals for Svoboda, Josef Kozeluh and David Pech sent Wales into the dressing room 6-0 down at half time.
With Wales making six changes at half time, the increased urgency was apparent from the off. Wales found the back of the net for the first time in the match as midfielder James Taylor found the top corner from the edge of the box.
Wales matched the Czechs’ physicality in the second half, defending effectively from set pieces and frustrating the Czechs in front of goal. However, the Czech Repbulic’s pressure soon paid off and they scored their seventh goal of the match with ten minutes remaining through Jachym Sip.
Despite the defeat, coaches Rob Page, Paul Bodin and Rob Edwards will hope it’s lessons learnt for the players as they prepare to face Croatia and hosts Hungary in their remaining two matches of the competition.
1 David Robson, 2 Oliver Denham, 15 Jack Madelin © (16 Iestyn Hughes 46’), 6 Joseph Low (5 Luc Noble), 3 Harvey Rew (14 Luke Motruk 46’), 4 James Taylor (11 Daniel Jones 75’), 8 Chem Campbell (18 Joseph Budd 52’), 10 Will Rickard (13 Thomas Sparrow 77’), 17 James Holmes (7 Bradley Gibbings 46’), 19 Michael Sparkes (9 William Russ 46’), 20 Joshua Thomas