Wales Learning Disability Squad equalled their best ever finish of second at their annual Home Nations Tournament.
That second spot was sealed in dramatic fashion with striker Mason Delnevo hitting the winner against Republic of Ireland with virtually their last kick of the tournament.
After a disappointing start, which saw Wales well beaten 4-1 by eventual winners Scotland, Chris Foot’s boys bounced back to beat hosts Northern Ireland and the Republic to equal their best ever performance, set in 2017.
It was during that first win, against the hosts, at Crusaders FC’s Seaview Stadium where the Welsh boys really showed their skills.
Barry Town United’s Joseph Hewings scored early on before a second half strike from Delnevo wrapped-up a deserved win and put three well-earned points on the board for Wales.
Then, over at Cliftonville FC’s Solitude Stadium, Wales went in search of their second win, against Republic of Ireland.
Hewings again gave them the perfect start with a first half goal but, with time running out, the Welsh boys found themselves pegged-back to 1-1 and in need of a hero.
That hero arrived in the form of Glamorgan Vikings striker Delnevo, who popped-up at the death to secure a 2-1 win.
That win handed the Welsh squad hopes of a share of the title but Scotland, who had followed their 4-1 win against Wales with a 5-0 hammering of Republic of Ireland, only needed a draw to secure their third successive title.
Then, when they found themselves 2-0 down, Wales had hope.
But a remarkable Scottish comeback ensured a 2-2 draw and a third straight title, which they will defend in Wales in 2019.
- Wales 1-4 Scotland
- Wales 2-0 Northern Ireland
- Wales 2-1 Republic of Ireland