Boys U15 beat Switzerland in mini-tournament.
12 April 2014

Boys U15 beat Switzerland in mini-tournament.

The Wales U15 Boys team has beaten Switzerland 4-2 tonight (Wednesday).

Wales U15s got off to the best possible start this evening in Tubize in the second game of the Tri Nations Tournament.

It took only 3 mins for Wales to take the lead after an excellent run by Ben Woodburn into the penalty area who unselfishly and skilfully played in Keiran Evans who slotted confidently past Hun Lars in the Switzerland goal.

It was Woodburn again who unlocked the Swiss defence 3 minutes later, this time for Wales number 9 Tyler Roberts who finished with calmness and composure to double the Welsh lead.

Two minutes later Switzerland were on the score sheet after an unfortunate clearance deflected in favour of Switzerland's Asllani Mersim to make the score 2-1. (8 Minutes)

Wales heads didn't drop as Tyler Roberts cleverly combined with Liam Cullen who's shot from a narrow angle was saved by the advancing Swiss keeper.

Midway through the first half the talented Swiss side drew level. Following an excellent passing sequence Switzerland's De Oliveiner Joni turned and unleashed an unstoppable strike from 25 yards to level the score.

On 27 mins Aaron Jones made a great save from Joni again who found space in the box only for the Welsh keeper to prevent the Swiss from taking the lead.

Six minutes later Switzerland pressed again, this time Wales' Daniel Jefferies made a fantastic sliding tackle to prevent what would have been a one on one, for the sides to share the first half 2-2.

Wales started the second half just like the first with some bright interplay down the left side before finding Liam Cullen in the box who unleashed an unstoppable strike to give the lead back to Wales.

More was to follow from the attacking Welsh side and Roberts & Evans linked up well down the left after some clever work by Robbie Burton, Evans' cross found Roberts who took a first time volley from 10 yards out which grazed the crossbar.

The young Welsh side continued to control the game and scored their fourth goal through the attacking full back Cole DaSilva. The right back broke forward with pace and skill to the by-line from deep beating three Swiss defenders and as his cross came back to him the Chelsea debutant finished in style.

Head Coach Osian Roberts commented "So many aspects of the performance pleased me tonight. There was plenty of creativity and imagination going forward and in general we improved defensively. We controlled the game for good periods against a very talented side and at this stage of the year I am very pleased with them."

Technical Director & U15 Head Coach Osian Roberts has named his starting 11 for the second fixture in the Tri Nation Tournament in Tubize, Belgium. This evening they play Switzerland in their second fixture of this annual friendly tournament.

The team is:

12. Aaron Jones, Everton (GK)
13. Mitch Clark, Aston Villa
15. Joshua Williams, Aston Villa
14. Jack Boddenham, Cardiff City / Dinas Caerdydd
4. Daniel Jefferies, Swansea City / Dinas Abertawe
16. Jake Young, Swansea City / Dinas Abertawe
17. Robbie Burton, Arsenal
10. Ben Woodburn, Liverpool
7. Liam Cullen, Swansea City / Dinas Abertawe
9. Tyler Roberts, West Brom (c)
18. Keiran Evans, Swansea City / Dinas Abertawe


1. Scott Coughlan, Cardiff City / Dinas Caerdydd
2. Cole Dasilver, Chelsea
3. Ben Williams, Blackburn Rovers
5. Theo Llewellyn, Bristol City
6. Thomas Price, Swansea City / Dinas Abertawe
8. Matty Smith, Man City
11. Sam Phillips, Wolves

The game kicks off at 19.00hrs local time.


Wales lost narrowly to Belgium this evening in an U15 friendly.

Wales had gone 2-0 down after the first 15 minutes but levelled the match by half time thanks to two goals from Matty Smith.

Despite creating plenty of chances, Belgium bagged the winner in the second half.

Wales will now play Switzerland tomorrow in the second game of the three team tournament, in preparation for the Autumn's Victory Shield Internationals.


Technical Director & Under 15 Head Coach Osian Roberts has announced his starting line up for this evenings U15 International v Belgium.

The game takes place at Belgium's National Football Centre in Tubize, kick off is 19.00hr (local time).

1. Scott Coughlan, Cardiff City
2. Cole Dasilva, Chelsea
3. Ben Williams, Blackburn Rovers
4. Daniel Jefferies, Swansea City
5. Theo Llewellyn, Bristol City
6. Thomas Price, Swansea City
7. Liam Cullen, Swansea City
8. Matty Smith, West Brom
9. Tyler Roberts (CAPT) West Brom
10. Ben Woodburn, Liverpool
11. Sam Phillips, Wolves


12. Aaron Jones, Everton
13. Mitch Clark, Aston Villa
14. Jack Boddenham, Cardiff City
15. Josh Williams, Aston Villa
16. Jake Young, Swansea City
17. Robbie Burton, Arsenal
18. Keiran Evans, Swansea City

Wales U15's will travel to Belgium to play the hosts and Switzerland in a Development Tournament.

The matches are played on an annual basis around the three countries and for Wales, are continuing preparation for the Victory Shield matches in the Autumn of each year.

Wales has already played two games with Poland in North Wales as part of the preparation for Osian Roberts' squad.

The games will be at the Belgian National Training Centre in Tubize.

The schedule is:

Tuesday 22nd April 2014 - Belgium - 7pm
Wednesday 23rd April 2014 - Switzerland - 7pm

The squad is:

Name - Club - School
Scott Coughlin GK - Cardiff City - Bishop Vaughan Catholic School
Aaron Jones GK - Everton - Wade Deacon High School
Mitchell Clark - Aston Villa - Ash Green School & Arts College
Ben Williams - Blackburn Rovers - Bishop Rawstorne High
Daniel Jefferies - Swansea City - Coleg Cymunedol y Dderwen
Joshua Williams - Aston Villa - Stafford Grammar School
Sam Phillips - Wolves - Bishops Castle Community College
Thomas Price - Swansea City - Morriston Comprehensive School
Jake Young - Swansea City - Duffryn High School
Kieran Evans - Swansea City - Y G G Bryntawe
Ben Woodburn - Liverpool - Rainhill High School
Tyler Roberts - West Brom - Sandwell Academy
Liam Cullen - Swansea City - Greenhill School
Matty Smith - West Brom - St.Augustines RC High School
Robbie Burton - Arsenal - Leigh Technology Academy
Theo Llewellyn - Bristol City - QEH Bristol
Cole DaSilva - Chelsea - Chelsea Academy School
Jack Bodenham - Cardiff City - Croesyceiliog School

Technical Staff
Osian Roberts - Technical Director & Head Coach
Carl Darlington - Assistant Coach
Ian Mitchell - Assistant Coach
Rob Thomas - GK Coach
Dyfri Owen - Physio
Josh Coomber - Analysis
Kevin McCusker - Logistics Officer
Andrew Jones - Doctor

Operational Staff
Cledwyn Ashford - Education & Welfare Officer
Gavin Reen - Team Administration

Official Delegation
Peter Lee - WFT Chairman
Neil Ward - WFT CEO

Boys Under 15 Development Squad Named