Wales U17 Women played the second of two international friendly matches against Hungary at Penydarren Park in Merthyr Tydfil with the game ending in a 2-1 loss to Wales.
Wales 1-2 Hungary
Women's U17 International Friendly
- Thursday, 16 February 2016
- Penydarren Park, Merthyr Tydfil
Following a 4-1 defeat in their first meeting on Tuesday (14 February), Wales will be pleased with their defensively organised and solid first half performance.
Wales made an encouraging start to the first half with attacking opportunities from Anna Morphet, Bronwen Thomas and Ella Powell before Morphet fired a direct shot from the corner to put Wales ahead.
After another period of Welsh pressure, Morphet stepped up to take a free kick but Erin Riden headed the ball wide of the posts before the referee blew for half-time.
In the second-half, Wales started strong with two efforts at goal from Cassia Pike and Ffion Morgan before Hungary upped the pace. Hungarian chances came from Wales mistakes leading to a goal from Luca Papp to bring the score level before Vanessza Nagy added a second.
Wales fought back in the final minutes in an effort to equalise as Morgan took the ball upfield before crossing it into Pike but the ball was intercepted.
Wales Women’s Assistant Manager, Rehanne Skinner, commented on the improved performance: “It was a much better performance today than Tuesday. The first half in particular was very good. The girls stuck to the game plan much better and we were much more coordinated and organised with everything that we were trying to achieve.
A couple of people were working extremely hard but as a collective the team worked better together.
“Their shape was much better and their attitude to press was better. The way that they went about the game overall was with a much more positive and aggressive attitude when winning the ball. It was a whole different ball game today. We’re much happier with the situation but nobody wants to lose. We didn’t want to be in that position. Sometimes when you feel under pressure you sometimes make decisions that you usually wouldn’t make. Unfortunately, that caught the team out twice today.
“Next up is team selection, everybody will be focused on that. We still need to work on ensuring that the the players fitness levels are coming in at peak condition ready for the Elite Round in March.”
Wales Women’s Midfielder, Bronwen Thomas, commented on the result: “I think we showed a lot more passion and want to put things right today. I think together, as a team we need to work on keeping the intensity in the second half. That was a big thing that allowed them to get back into the game. But I think we can take a lot of positives from today and build ahead of the Elites in March.
We can leave feeling better about putting in a better performance and working harder for each other and for the badge. Together Stronger really does apply to the group, working and helping each other together.
“Friendlies are brilliant preparation for us, especially when Hungary have also qualified for the Elite Round. This has shown us the level of competition we will face in March and what standard we need to get to. We qualified for the Elite Round so why can’t we go on further. If we work hard, apply the things that we need to, I don’t see why we can’t."