Wales stun Ireland in Nations League opener
International
6 September 2018

Wales stun Ireland in Nations League opener

Wales produced a stunning performance in Ryan Giggs' first competitive match as manager, beating the Republic of Ireland 4-1.

Wales 4-1 Rep of Ireland

UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE

  • Thursday, 6 September 2018 
  • Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff
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Chris Mepham, Connor Roberts, Ethan Ampadu and David Brooks were all handed competitive debuts as they were part of Giggs' first starting XI, as Wales started their Nations League campaign on the front foot.

The first goal came after six minutes, with Tom Lawrence finding the back of the net after a superb Joe Allen through ball split the left hand side of the Irish defence.

Only 10 minutes later Wales doubled their lead through Gareth Bale. A superb switch of play by Ben Davies gave Bale the opportunity to cut in onto his stronger left foot and Wales' top scorer curled the ball into the top corner from outside of the box.

Wales were in control of the midfield through the presence of Allen and 17 year old Ethan Ampadu, who played a key role in Wales' third goal. Ampadu won the ball on the half way and his drive forward and perfect through ball found Aaron Ramsey who found Darren Randolph's inside corner to make it 3-0 before half time.

Wales continued the impressive performance in the second half, with complete control of possession. Some impressive two touch football on the left hand side eventually switched over to Connor Roberts, who superbly flicked the ball up and found the bottom corner from outside the box with his half volley.

Ireland managed a consolation goal on the 66th minute as a rare mistake by Aaron Ramsey gifted Shaun Williams Ireland's first one on one and the midfielder slotted the ball past Wayne Hennessey to deny a Welsh clean sheet.

Despite the setback, Wales still looked comfortable, allowing Giggs to make several changes with Tyler Roberts and Matty Smith making their competitive debuts, while Paul Dummett returned to international action for the first time in more than two years.

The side will now travel to Aarhus to take on Denmark in their second UEFA Nations League match on Sunday 9 September.

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Wales continued the impressive performance in the second half, with complete control of possession. Some impressive two touch football on the left hand side eventually switched over to Connor Roberts, who superbly flicked the ball up and found the bottom corner from outside the box with his half volley.

Ireland managed a consolation goal on the 66th minute as a rare mistake by Aaron Ramsey gifted Shaun Williams Ireland's first one on one and the midfielder slotted the ball past Wayne Hennessey to deny a Welsh clean sheet.

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Despite the setback, Wales still looked comfortable, allowing Giggs to make several changes with Tyler Roberts and Matty Smith making their competitive debuts, while Paul Dummett returned to international action for the first time in more than two years.

The side will now travel to Aarhus to take on Denmark in their second UEFA Nations League match on Sunday September 9.

Wales: W Hennessey, B Davies (P Dummett 81'), C Mepham, A Williams, C Roberts, J Allen, E Ampadu (M Smith 67'), A Ramsey, D Brooks, T Lawrence, G Bale (T Roberts 74')