Wales end Futsal Home Nations Championship with victory
International
3 December 2017

Wales end Futsal Home Nations Championship with victory

Despite failing to retain the Futsal Home Nations Championship trophy, Wales ended their campaign with an emphatic 8-0 victory over Northern Ireland in Edinburgh to take second place in the group.

England lifted the trophy this season following their 5-0 win over hosts Scotland, as three days of fixtures concluded at The Oriam. 

Wales had lost 3-0 to England in their opening match of the tournament, followed by a 3-3 draw against Scotland. 

Chris Hugh (2), Rico Zulkarnian (2), Naim Arsan, Gareth Pritchard, Warren Hudson and Adam Orme were on the scoresheet for Wales in the 8-0 win over Northern Ireland. 

Wales coaches Gareth Wallwork and Paul Jones spoke to FAW.Cymru following the conclusion of the tournament.

"Overall it has been a great opportunity to give experience to the new and existing players," said Wallwork, before  Jones added: "The ambition was to win the Futsal Home Nations Championship but we are satisfied with second place." 

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The key game in the group turned out to be the opening fixture against England and Wallwork noted the missed chances in the match: "On reflection it was a very close match," he explained. "We didn't take our chances which cost us in the end." 

Jones was pleased with the way in which the players responded in the Northern Ireland match following the draw against Scotland, commenting: "After the previous two matches, we asked the players to produce a positive performance, and they did.

"It was very pleasing to score eight goals but it was also fantastic to keep a clean sheet."

Finally, Wallwork added: "Another positive point to make is that every player in the squad managed to get game time across the three matches."