By Dan Cope
A last minute goal from captain Zac Williams rescued a point for Wales U15 as they drew 1-1 with Switzerland U15 in the opening game of the Tri-Nations Tournament.
It was a quiet first half with Switzerland having the majority of possession early on, however they failed to capitalise with Welsh full backs Cole Fleming and Joel Green defending well against the main Swiss threat brough by wingers Edon Berisha and Elias Maluvunu.
Wales finally grew into the game and nearly took the lead in the 34th minute when tricky Swansea City Academy winger Cameron Congreve won possession and weaved his way into the box where his cross was met by striker Chris Popov, however, his shot sailed over the bar.
Switzerland continued to press high and almost scored just before half time when Berisha’s shot deflected of centre back Ben Hammond, but, Ronnie Hollingshead showed cat like reflexes to palm the ball away from danger.
The second half started in similar to the first with both teams contesting evenly for possession and struggling to break down each other’s defences. However, Welsh winger Zachary Bell almost opened the scoring when he pounced on a mistake from the Switzerland defence only to be denied by Tim Spycher in the Swiss goal.
Eventually, Switzerland took the lead in the 77th minute when Burak Alili’s deep cross found forward Nathan Wicht at the back post and he finished calmly into the open goal.
Switzerland were seemingly heading for all three points, however those hopes were dashed when goalkeeper Spycher was deemed to have handled the ball outside the area. The resulting free kick from Aaron Bennett was saved by Spycher only for defender Zac Williams to react quickly and poke the ball home to rescue a point for Richard Williams’ side.
The Swiss side face Belgium on Wednesday while Williams' Wales host the Belgians on Thursday at Dragon Park, at noon.
STAR MAN: ZAC WILLIAMS
A superb performance from captain fantastic against a very threatening Switzerland attack.
Williams was strong in the challenges, composed in possession and his leadership on the pitch showed why he is Richard Williams’ captain. A vital goal at in the last minute capped-off a great day for the Crewe Alexandra academy product.