Woodburn scores a late winner
International
20 March 2019

Woodburn scores a late winner

Ben Woodburn scored a 91st minute winner to secure victory over Trinidad & Tobago in Wales’ return to the Racecourse Ground.

Wales 1-0 Trinidad & Tobago

INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGE MATCH

Wales were made to work hard by their opponents who provided a competitive test for an experimental Wales side in their preparation for their European Championship Qualifying campaign.  

Wales had early attacking intentions as Ryan Hedges crossed to Tyler Roberts for a looping header which was comfortably saved by Marvin Phillip.

Trinidad created a chance of their own as Levi Garcia teed up Khaleem Hyland who curled his shot straight at Danny Ward. 

Debutant Will Vaulks impressed as he drove the hosts forward through the break-up of play from Trinidad.

Trinidad didn’t create a lot of opportunities but put together a few passages of plays that could have troubled Wales.

George Thomas went closest after Hedges laid it off from a short-corner, firing just wide of Marvin Phillip’s goal. 

Wales dominated possession in a goalless first half but were unable to find a cutting edge in the final third as they sought a clear-cut opportunity. 

In the second half, Woodburn showed good feet to feed through Thomas, who forced Phillip to save to his near-side.  

Chris Gunter made an important goal line clearance to deny his opposite number Aubrey David the opening goal after Garcia pulled the ball back to him.

Vaulks who continued his performance into the second-half almost opened his Wales account, but his goal-bound shot was blocked. 

Wales had the ball in the net, but it did not count. Hedges lofted a ball over to Thomas who flicked a header past Phillip but the linesman’s flag denied Thomas his first Wales senior goal. 

A header from outside the box from Vaulks sailed just over the bar of the Trinidad goalkeeper as Wales continued to pile the pressure on.

Lee Evans almost snuck home his effort after Lawrence heeled it back to the midfielder with Phillip forced into action at his post.   

Opportunities came at a minimum towards the end of the game, but Wales continued to carry the ball forward in search of a late winner.

Ben Woodburn and Wales made the most of the additional four minutes shown as they opened the scoring. Vaulks crossed into Woodburn who chested from close-range to secure Wales the victory. 

The 18-year-old almost doubled his tally when a free-kick sailed just wide of the post. His effort was the last action of the game as Tim Marshall blew for a Wales victory.

WALES: Ward (Davies 45), Gunter, Taylor, Dummett (Lawrence 60), Williams © (John 60), Vaulks, Roberts (Matondo 70), Woodburn, Thomas, Hedges, Evans.

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO: Phillip, David, Bateau, Cyrus, Hyland, Piaza (Cato 45), Garcia (Peltier 59), Lewis, Hodge, George, Paul (Hackshaw 81).