Impressive Performance in Poland
21 October 2013

Impressive Performance in Poland

Wales U15s triumphed in Poland for the first time at this age group level against a strong Polish team.

Wales U15s triumphed in Poland for the first time at this age group level against a strong Polish team.

This, the second of two matches this week at the impressive Municipal Stadium in the town of Ostroda, was played in front of nearly 4000 spectators.

The Mayor of the town had agreed for schools to have a morning off to attend the game, which made for a fantastic atmosphere and gave the young players a good experience of international football.

Wales certainly learned from Wednesday’s first encounter and started the game in a more positive manner. This time there were no nerves and Osian Roberts’ young side looked cool and composed in possession and patient in their build up play frustrating their Polish counterparts as they continued to keep the ball.

Wales were rewarded from a corner after only 9 minutes when Aldershot’s Sam Williams was first to react to header against the bar and head the rebound to give Wales a deserved 1-0 lead.

The goal encouraged Poland to play at a faster tempo, but the Welsh midfield worked hard to close the play and the Welsh defence still remained calm and confident. Cardiff City goalkeeper Kelland Absalom made an impressive save on the half hour to deny the Polish midfielder and it was Wales who could have easily gone in at the interval leading by two goals, had not the Polish goalkeeper pushed Swansea City striker Liam Cullen’s shot round the far post.

Roberts made three changes at half time to make sure that all players were getting sufficient game time to assist their development at this level.

Poland continued to push forward in search of an equaliser as both sides continued to play some good football. Wales remained firm and dealt with every Polish set piece as decisions started to go against the visitors. Cheered on by a passionate home crowd, Poland were left frustrated as a very organised Welsh team held out and increased their lead with a stunning counter attack late on when Nyasha Mwamuka was released to slot the ball past the advancing Polish goalkeeper to give Wales a thoroughly deserved victory.

Osian Roberts commented ” I’m delighted with how the boys have adapted to playing their first international games. In the first game on Wednesday I knew that nerves would set in, and this is understandable, but credit for their second half performance where they showed great character to keep the score at 2-0 and were unlucky not to get a goal as well”

” Today they have made history by becoming the first side at this level to beat Poland, a nation who are one of the best in Europe at youth level. We spent a long time analysing Wednesdays game and sat down individually with the players who have taken every bit of advice onto the field today. We will take this forward now into our games against Belgium and Switzerland in two weeks time”.