Victory Shield 2016: Wales fight back to draw 2-2 with hosts Scotland
1 November 2016

Victory Shield 2016: Wales fight back to draw 2-2 with hosts Scotland

Wales U16 2-2 Scotland U16



A super-strike from Keenan Patten completed Wales' fantastic fightback against the hosts and earned a draw from an unlikely position.

At half-time Scotland led Wales 2-0 and to be honest it could've been more.

But Cardiff City pair Isaak Davies and Keenan Patten scored the goals that earned them their first point of the 2016 Victory Shield.



After a tense first 27 minutes, Scotland were launched into life when Jamie Semple's deflected effort flew past Luke Burton after good work down the right by Zac Butterworth.

Moments later the hosts hit the bar but it only took two more minutes for Semple to score his second. The in-form Motherwell striker shot confidently home from a tight angle to seemingly secure all three points for his team and take them into Friday's 'final' against Republic of Ireland neck-and-neck.

But Wales had other ideas. Whatever was said in the Welsh dressing room at half time clearly worked as Davies fired them back into the match within minutes, after latching onto a delightful Cavan Williams cross.



Then it was all Wales as attacking trio Williams, Davies and Jack Vale took the game to the hosts and created chance after chance.

But it looked like being all in vain until, eight minutes from time, midfield maestro Patten latched onto a corner to smash a right-footed volley into the bottom corner of the Scottish net, sparking rapturous celebrations from his teammates.

In the final eight minutes, this proud Wales team looked the more likely, as they passionately chased a third straight title at U16 level but in the end they had to be content with a pulsating point that gives their opponents a chance to take the crown when they play the all conquering Republic of Ireland team on Friday evening.



Moments after the game, Patten described his goal by saying: "It fell awkwardly but I had to deal with it.

"When I hit it I was either hoping somebody would get a toe on it and put it in or it would go straight in. Fortunately for me, it went straight in.

"After that we were all bright and working hard for each other but we couldn't quite finish it off.

"We've all come together as one and we worked hard as a team. We were all disappointed after last Sunday and we've all had to get our heads right and move on since losing on Sunday."

Watch the whole game back here





Full Time: Wales 2-2 Scotland

72 min: Keenan Patten fires Wales level with one of the goals of the tournament so far. His right-footed volley from the edge of the box flew straight into the bottom corner to put Wales level.

41 min: Isaak Davies smashes one into the net, after a delicious Cavan Williams cross from the left, to put Wales straight back into the game. Whatever the coaches said at half time really worked,

Half Time: Wales 0-2 Scotland: The Welsh team need to do something remarkable now to retain the Victory Shield.

29 min: Jamie Semple scores his second goal in as many minutes. The Motherwell striker smashed a thunderbolt left-footed shot into the net from a wide angle. Wales 0-2 Scotland

27 min: Scotland striker Jamie Semple powers a deflected header past Luke Burton after good work down the right by Zac Butterworth. Wales 0-1 Scotland

Today's Teams

Wales: L Burton, J Davies, M Ellery, J Taylor, T Taylor, R Astley, J Hosie, L Clutton, C Watts, C Williams, I Davies

Scotland: R Mullen, C Hamilton, E Erharon, L Binks, J Semple, B Gilmour, K O'Connor, Z Butterworth, K McGrath, H Cochrane, A Kerr



With the disappointment of Sunday's 4-0 opening night defeat against Republic of Ireland now behind them, Wales U16 are aiming to kick the defence of their Victory Shield into action today as they face hosts Scotland.

Since their opening night ordeal, the young squad have been training hard and reflecting on what went wrong against the powerful Irish side as they look to hoist themselves back into the tournament against the hosts tonight.



The match kicks off at 4pm tonight at Heriott Watt University's plush indoor arena, The Oriam, by which time the Welsh camp will be hoping Northern Ireland, who lost to 2-0 to Scotland on the opening night, will have upset the high-flying Republic in the early kick-off.

A year ago, the Welsh class of 2015 found themselves in a similar position after losing the opening game and went onto win the tournament, so hopes are still high.

One veteran of that squad is Wrexham's Steffan Bulkeley, who is back for his second Victory Shield.



He said: "We definitely can still win it. We lost the first game last year and went on to win the tournament so there's no reason why we can't do it again this time.

"We're all fired up for the game against Scotland."

After their opening night victory, all eyes will be on the hosts, and especially 13-year-old Celtic 'wonderkid' Karamoko Dembele, who sat out the 2-0 win over Northern Ireland, despite the significant media attention his call-up attracted.

The starlet, who is equally comfortable in midfield as striker, is expected to be called upon at some point against Wales, but the Welsh camp will be hoping the media storm around him will allow their talented players to go under the radar.



One of those is Cavan Williams, who played the second half of Sunday night's defeat, showing some fine touches in Wales' flurries forward.

He said: "We were all gutted but we had a good reaction yesterday. We're all focused on how we can improve ahead of the Scotland game.

"We need to get tighter against Scotland and not give them as much space as we gave the Irish on Sunday night."



THE FIXTURES



Sunday 30th October

2pm - Scotland 2-0 Northern Ireland
5pm - Wales 0-4 Republic of Ireland

Tuesday 1st November

1pm - Republic of Ireland 2-1 Northern Ireland
4pm - Scotland 2-2 Wales


Friday 4th November

12.30pm - Northern Ireland v Wales
3.30pm - Scotland v Republic of Ireland


THE VENUE



The ORIAM, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh EH14 4AS (3G pitch)

Victory Shield 2016: Watch Wales U16 v Scotland live right here
Victory Shield 2016: Watch Wales U16 v Scotland live right here
Victory Shield 2016: Watch Wales U16 v Scotland live right here
Victory Shield 2016: Watch Wales U16 v Scotland live right here
Victory Shield 2016: Wales fight back to draw 2-2 with hosts
Victory Shield 2016: Wales fight back to draw 2-2 with hosts
Victory Shield 2016: Wales fight back to draw 2-2 with hosts Scotland