Wales U15 set-out Victory Shield ambitions with unbeaten Slovakia trip
Next Generation
15 November 2019

Wales U15 set-out Victory Shield ambitions with unbeaten Slovakia trip

By Ethan Harris

Slovakia U15 2-2 Wales

Wales U15 Boys continued their good form in preparation for the 2020 Victory Shield, thanks to a 2-2 draw in Slovakia.

The current Victory Shield holders continued their development for next year’s tournament with a double-header of friendlies in Slovakia, remaining undefeated over both games.

Goals from Charlie Crew and Alex Roberts in each half put the young dragons ahead twice, with Mátĕ Dömeny cancelling out the visitors first-half advantage.

After a 1-0 win over the hosts on Tuesday, the U15’s narrowly missed out on doing the double on their opponents thanks to a late equaliser from Nino Marcelli.

The result means Richard Williams' squad – who only came together in the summer- remained undefeated on their trip to a tough Slovakian outfit.

After hosting Cyprus, Malta and Northern Ireland in August at Collier’s Park, the results in Slovakia mean the squad has only lost once – a 4-2 defeat to Cyprus in the UEFA tournament.

Current form suggests the squad is well placed to make a run at retaining the Victory Shield in 2020 but will face a tough challenge to do so.

Their next challenge takes the team to Switzerland in the New Year, where they will play another double-header of games away from home.

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Head coach Richard Williams was proud of his player’s performances over both games, with the support of his staff and families a key factor on their European trip.

“It was two tough games development games for our 2005 group in Slovakia,” Williams said.

“After a 1-0 win and a 2-2 draw here, I have to give thanks to our staff for the great work they’ve done and to the families for their continued support.”

Craig Knight – the coach alongside Williams – also praised the application of the team after two positive results away from home.

“It was a rewarding five days with the 2005 squad,” Knight said.

“Their application and willingness to learn, alongside their competitiveness resulted in two very competitive games out in Slovakia.”

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