Wales Under 17 Men v Malta - Game 2 - 5-1 to Wales
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15 September 2014

Wales Under 17 Men v Malta - Game 2 - 5-1 to Wales

Wales scored another five against Malta this evening.

Wales beat Malta 5-1 in the second friendly Under 17 match at the Glyndwr University Racecourse tonight (Thursday).

The Maltese made things difficult for Wales in the opening half hour, and certainly it showed that Wales needed to work hard to create chances.

The first Wales goal came after Malta were penalised for a back-pass to their goalie. From the free kick, Rhys Abbruzzese found the far corner of the net on 31 minutes. The Maltese were dismayed, but their heads did not drop and that was thew score at half time.

Geraint Williams scent-on three substitutes at the start of the second half, to ensure that all players had equal amounts of playing time. One of those players, Sam Williams, scored the second goal just two minutes after coming-on the field, when the ball came to him from a corner and he slammed it home to make it 2-0.

The third goal was possibly the best of the night from striker Blake Davies as he hit a sweet shot past the Malta keeper. The visitors got one back with a shot from outside the box by Kieran Xuereb on 63 minutes, but Wales made it four with a goal from Liam Cullen, who followed-up a rebound after a fierce shot from Mark Harris was parried-out.

By now, Malta were on the ropes and substitute Tyler Roberts made it five with great ease, as the defence was at sixes and sevens with a few minutes of the game to go.

So, ten goals scored over two games, but more importantly, some good passing play from Wales and the team looked confident in possession. A stern test awaits in the UEFA qualifiers in Belarus, but this team could well be good enough to follow last season's and progress to the Elite Round.

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Wales meet Malta in the second game at Wrexham tonight.

Geraint Williams' team beat Malta 5-0 in the first friendly match on Tuesday afternoon. Tonight's match (6pm, free admission) is an opportunity for the other members of the Wales squad to show what they can do. To that end, there are seven changes to the Wales team, whilst Malta retain their same starting line-up from the first match.

These games for both sides are in preparation for the UEFA qualifying matches that are being played in the autumn. Wales will travel to Belarus for their matches, against the hosts, Russia and Montenegro.

The Wales team is:

12.Rhys Williams - Bury (GK)
3.Rhys Abbruzzese - Cardiff City
5.Jack Challis - Birmingham City (c)
7.Nathan Broadhead - Everton
8.Ryan Harrington - Everton
13.Rhyle Ovenden - Chesterfield
14.Jordan Jones - Swansea City
15.Ryan Leak - Wolverhampton Wanderers
16.Aaron Lewis - Swansea City    
18.Mark Harris - Cardiff City
19.Blake Davies - Bristol Rovers

1.Kelland Absalom - Wigan Athletic (GK)
2.Cameron Coxe - Cardiff City
4.Joe McNulty - Bristol City
6.Sam Williams - Cardiff City
9.Tyler Roberts - West Bromwich Albion
11.Liam Cullen - Swansea City
 

Malta

1.Timothy Aquilina - Sliema Wanderers (GK)
2.Nicholas Pulis - Valletta
3.Connor Zammit - Hibernians
4.Nick Ghio - Attard
5.Matthew Guillaumier - St Andrews (c)
6.Jean Borg - Valletta
7.Aidan Friggieri - Sliema Wanderers
8.David Xuereb - Hibernians
9.Zachary Brincat - Mosta
10.Kieran Xuereb - Hibernians
22.Myles Beerman - Floriana

12.Dorian Bugeja - Hibernians (GK)
21.Andreas Vella - Qormi (GK)
11.Russell Fenech - Valletta
13.Carlos Grech - Hibernians
14.Michele Sansone - Sliema Wanderers
15.Luke Mifsud - Melita
16.Jurgen Sciriha - Qormi
17.Justin Vella - Sliema Wanderers
18.Ben Caruana - Hibernians
19.Jamie Magri Overand - St Andrews

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Wales defeated Malta 5-0 at the Glyndwr University Racecourse Stadium this afternoon (Tuesday).

The win was pleasing, but manager Geraint Williams said: "Although a 5-0 win looks good, we were certainly rusty and there is plenty for our boys to work-on before the second game (on Thursday evening at 6pm) and more importantly, before the UEFA qualifiers in Belarus."

Wales certainly were slow to start and Malta took the game to them, but after Sam Williams scored with a sweet header on 13 minutes the team settled and a second goal game from Ben Woodburn on 19 minutes when he shot through a crowd of players. The team continued to look to play a passing game on a surface that was good, though covered with a fair amount of sand that made the ball bobble at times.

The half time whistle came with the core at 2-0 and the crowd of 104 were pleased with what they had seen.

The second half mirrored the first, in that the third goal for Wales arrived after thirteen minutes of play and was scored by Nathan Broadhead, who took advantage of a ricochet off a defender to put him through and he scored from some 15 yards. Two minutes later it was four when Sam Williams scored his second from a header into the bottom corner of the net.

Malta were now thoroughly beaten and on 70 minutes, centre forward Tyler Roberts made it 5-0 by finishing-off a simple chance.

The job was done, but clearly manager Williams will be looking to work-on a few things with the players before the second match. He said: "It's important that everyone has a start in these two games, as you never know what will face us in the qualifiers, but I realise I have to be happy with a 5-0 win, and it has been a very useful exercise."

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The Teams:

WALES
1.Kelland Absalom - Wigan Athletic (GK)  
2.Cameron Coxe - Cardiff City
3.Rhys Abbruzzese - Cardiff City
4.Joe McNulty - Bristol City
5.Jack Challis - Birmingham City (c)
6.Sam Williams - Cardiff City
7.Nathan Broadhead - Everton
8.Ryan Harrington - Everton
9.Tyler Roberts - West Bromwich Albion
10.Ben Woodburn - Liverpool
11.Liam Cullen - Swansea City

12.Rhys Williams - Bury (GK)
13.Rhyle Ovenden - Chesterfield
14.Jordan Jones - Swansea City
15.Ryan Leak - Wolverhampton Wanderers
16.Aaron Lewis - Swansea City
17.Elijah Chilekwa - Bristol City    
18.Mark Harris - Cardiff City

MALTA
1.Timothy Aquilina - Sliema Wanderers (GK)
2.Nicholas Pulis - Valletta
3.Connor Zammit - Hibernians
4.Nick Ghio - Attard
5.Matthew Guillaumier - St Andrews (c)
6.Jean Borg - Valetta
7.Aidan Friggieri - Sliema Wanderers
8.David Xuereb - Hibernians
9.Zachary Brincat - Mosta
10.Kieran Xuereb - Hibernians
22. Myles Beerman - Floriana

12.Dorian Bugeja - Hibernians (GK)
21.Andreas Vella - Qormi (GK)
11.Russell Fenech - Valletta
13.Carlos Grech - Hibernians
14.Michele Sansone - Sliema Wanderers
15.Luke Mifsud - Melita
16.Jurgen Sciriha - Qormi
17.Justin Vella - Sliema Wanderers
18.Ben Caruana - Hibernians
19.Jamie Magri Overand - St Andrews

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The matches for Geraint Williams' squad are in preparation for the UEFA qualifiers that will be held in Belarus in October, when the team will meet the hosts, plus Russia and Montenegro.

The squad had a run-out at the end of last season in a friendly tournament in Northern Ireland, when they returned home with three wins from games with the hosts, Iceland and the Faroe Islands.

The games are on:

Tuesday 16th September at 3pm
and
Thursday 18th September at 6pm

Admission is free to both games.

The Wales 19-man squad is:

Rhys Abbruzzese (Cardiff City)
Joe McNulty (Bristol City)
Kelland Absalom (Wigan Athletic)
Cameron Coxe (Cardiff City)
Rhyle Ovenden (Chesterfield)
Jack Challis (Birmingham City)
Sam Williams (Cardiff City)
Ben Woodburn (Liverpool)
Mark Harris (Cardiff City)
Nathan Broadhead (Everton)
Ryan Harrington (Everton)
Tyler Roberts (West Bromwich Albion)
Liam Cullen (Swansea City)
Rhys Williams (Bury)
Jordan Jones (Swansea City)
Ryan Leak (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Blake Davies (Bristol Rovers)
Aaron Lewis.(Swansea City)
Elijah Chilekwa (Bristol City)

Malta Squad

1.Timothy Aquilina - Sliema Wanderers
2.Nicholas Pulis - Valletta
3.Connor Zammit - Hiberians
4.Nick Ghio - Attard
5.Matthew Guillaumier - St Andrews
6.Jean Borg - Valetta
7.Aidan Friggieri - Sliema Wanderers
8.David Xuereb - Hibernians
9.Zachary Brincat - Mosta
10.Kieran Xuereb - Hibernians
11.Russell Fenech - Valletta
12.Dorian Bugeja - Hibernians
13.Carlos Grech - Hibernians
14.Michele Sansone - Sliema Wanderers
15.Luke Mifsud - Melita
16.Jurgen Sciriha - Qormi
17.Justin Vella - Sliema Wanderers
18.Ben Caruana - Hibernians
19.Andreas Vella - Qormi
20.Jamie Magri Overand - St Andrews

Wales Under 17 Men v Malta - Game 1 - Wales win 5-0
Wales Under 17 Men v Malta - Game 1 - Wales win 5-0
Wales Under 17 Men v Malta - Game 1 - Wales win 5-0
Wales Under 17 Men v Malta - Game 2 - 5-1 to Wales
Wales Under 17 Men v Malta - Game 2 - 5-1 to Wales