Wales U17s suffer defeat against Scotland
20 September 2017

Wales U17s suffer defeat against Scotland


  • Wednesday, 20 September 2017
  • Stebonheath Park, Llanelli
  • Friendly

Wales Under-17s suffered a 2-0 defeat against Scotland at Stebonheath Park on Wednesday in the first of two friendly internationals.

National team manager Chris Coleman, together with Kit Symons and Osian Roberts, were all in attendance at Stebonheath Park, but it was Scotland who took an early lead when Marc Leonard headed home a corner inside the opening 10 minutes.

Jack Armer came close to doubling the advantage after 17 minutes, but his close-range effort was deflected over for a corner, but the second goal would follow just minutes later when Nathan Patterson drilled a fine effort past Scott Reed in the Wales goal after some excellent work from Leonard on the edge of the area.

The visitors’ impressive start to the game continued as Adedapo Mebude saw an effort saved by Reed, before Jamie Semple was denied by the offside flag after curling a fine volley into the corner of the net.

The wet conditions encouraged a few strong tackles, and it was Semple who would become the first name in referee Ryan Kenny's notebook on the half-hour mark, and he was soon followed by Wales' Ryan Barrett. The home side, meanwhile, were struggling to take control of the game away from Scotland, and only some strong defending from Michael Ellery and captain Ryan Astley prevented the visitors from increasing their lead before the break.

A triple change for Wales before the hour mark confirmed a different approach was necessary, and there were encouraging signs as Vale linked-up with substitute Isaak Davies on the left. Davies offered a new dimension to Wales' creative play in his attacking role, and the game became a much more even affair as the weather conditions that had made the opening half difficult subsided, and both sides made a string of substitutions to give their respective squads the necessary game time.

Wales almost grabbed a late consolation when Scotland captain Kane O'Connor came close to diverting a header from Davies into his own net, but goalkeeper Archie Mair saved at full stretch to maintain a clean sheet.

The two sides will now meet again on Friday to complete their preparations for the qualifying campaign with Wales Under-17s are looking ahead to October when they head to Hungary to take on the Netherlands, Kosovo and the host nation in Group 9 of UEFA Under-17 qualifying.

WALES: Reed, Barrett, Jones, Sargent, Ellery, Astley, Adams, Bowen, Griffiths, Bulkeley, Vale.

SCOTLAND: Mair, Campbell, O’Connor, Taylor, Erhahon, Mebude, Gilmour, Semple, Armer, Patterson, Leonard.