Victory Shield 2016: Wales U16 emerge victorious from five-goal thriller
4 November 2016

Victory Shield 2016: Wales U16 emerge victorious from five-goal thriller

Wales U16 3-2 Northern Ireland U16



Wales U16 finished their Victory Shield campaign with a bang after emerging victorious in this five-goal thriller at The Oriam.

After defeat in their opening fixture, the Welsh team would always struggle to retain the Victory Shield they had won for the previous two years, but they condemned Northern Ireland to the wooden spoon and eventually finished level with hosts Scotland on four points behind the victorious Republic of Ireland.



With momentum on the side of the young Welsh team after their second half comeback against the Scots on Tuesday night, they came flying out of the traps against Northern Ireland, with goals from Jack Vale and Neco Williams.

But early in the second half the Northern Irish made their mark on the game with a lovely Ben Wilson strike.

Captain Michael Ellery converted for Wales on the hour though and put the game beyond their opponents and when Connor Farrelly scored for them on 64 minutes, it guaranteed a nervy finish but turned out to be little more than a consolation.

Final Table P W L D P
1) Rep of Ireland 3 3 0 0 9
2) Scotland 3 1 1 1 4
2) Wales 3 1 1 1 4
4) N Ireland 3 0 0 3 0

Watch it back here





Match Action



Full Time: Wales 3-2 NI The Welsh team finish their 2016 Victory Shield on a high, emerging on the right side of a five-goal thriller. That win leaves them in with a chance of joint second place, if Republic of Ireland beat Scotland.

64 min: Wales 3-2 NI Striker Connor Farrelly arrives in the box to smash a shot past Luke Burton and take the deficit back to a goal.

58 min: Wales 3-1 NI - Micheal Ellery pops up to fire home a Neco Williams corner.



45 min: Wales 2-1 NI - Ben Wilson fires in a lovely right-footed shot after a cross from the right.

Half Time: Wales dominate most of the first half but, despite creating chances, fail to add to their early two-goal lead. With changes expected at half time, Wales will be hoping to add to their lead early in the second half.

15 min: Wales 2-0 NI - Neco Williams catches the Northern Irish defence napping and gets in front of keeper Parker to put dominant Wales 2-0 ahead.



4 min: Wales 1-0 NI - Jack Vale cuts in from the right and squeezes a right-footed shot past keeper Tiernan Parker, with a little help from defender Sam McClelland.



Wales Team



Dan Barden
Cameron Evans
Morgan Boyes
Michael Ellery (c)
Ryan Astley
Keenan Patten
Jack Vale
Josh Hosie
Bradley Gibbings
Neco Williams
Dan Griffiths

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 - Wales 3-2 Northern Ireland
3.30pm - Scotland 0-3 Republic of Ireland

THE VENUE


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

Victory Shield 2016: Watch Wales v Northern Ireland live right here
Victory Shield 2016: Watch Wales v Northern Ireland live right here
Victory Shield 2016: Watch Wales v Northern Ireland live right here
Victory Shield 2016: Watch Wales v Northern Ireland live right here
Victory Shield 2016: Wales U16 emerge victorious from five-goal thriller