Joe Morrell scored from the penalty spot for Wales U21s once again in a déjà vu match where they were held to a draw against Georgia.
Georgia 1-1 Wales
- Scorers: Joe Morrell (89')
- Wednesday 6 June
- Mikheil Meskhi Stadium
Despite a nervy start, chances started to come Wales’ way as after some mesmerising play between Mark Harris, Aaron Lewis and Dan James led to a cross in the box which Rabbi Matondo missed by inches.
Both sides continued to threaten as the half drew to a close as goalkeeper Luke Pilling was forced to save several attempts from Georgian striker Anri Tchinadze. Meanwhile at the opposite half of the field a Nathan Broadhead attempt from 20 yards whistled past the right-hand post.
Wales looked refreshed after the interval as substitute Isaac Christie-Davies found space and played Matondo who saw his near-post shot saved by Luka Sherozia.
Georgia defended resolutely though and had an opportunity of their own not long after Matondo’s effort. Luke Pilling reacted brilliantly to save Irakli Bughridze’s drilled shot before the ball was eventually cleared.
Rob Page made a number of changes to his side around the hour mark, bringing on a number of experienced players and an Under 21s debut for midfielder Robbie Burton.
I am disappointed because I think we should have won both games. You have seen how competitive it has been and that is exactly what I wanted; a really good, solid, tactical, technical test for my group of players.
With Wales pushing on in the closing stages, the golden opportunity eventually came as Joe Morrell was taking down in the box after weaving past three players. Morrell duly converted the penalty, placing the ball to the Georgian goalkeeper’s right hand side.
However, the lead would only last a few minutes though as Georgia piled on the attack from the kick off. Akaki Shulaia found himself some space on the right wing and found team mate Giorgi Kokhreidze who was on hand to tap home and end the game in a 1-1 draw.
Wales: Luke Pilling, Rhys Norrington-Davies, Joe Rodon, Regan Poole, Aaron Lewis (Cameron Coxe 70), Dan James (Liam Cullen 65), Alex Babos (Issac Christie-Davies 45), Jack Evans, Rabbi Matondo (Joe Morrell 73), Nathan Broadhead, Mark Harris (Robbie Burton 65)
Subs not used: Owen Evans (GK)