Wales U15′s Bounce Back with Belgium Win
21 October 2013

Wales U15′s Bounce Back with Belgium Win

Wales U15′s beat a strong Belgium team 2-0 at Jenner Park

Wales U15′s beat a strong Belgium team 2-0 at Jenner Park

Wales U15′s beat a strong Belgium team 2-0 at Jenner Park, in the last game of a Tri Nation Development Tournament played against Switzerland and Belgium.

In an encouraging performance Wales had narrowly missed out in getting a deserved draw against Switzerland in the opening game on Tuesday, but yet again bounced back to secure another historic win to follow on from the success in Poland two weeks ago.



Wales took a deserved lead after 10 minutes when Nyasha Mwamuka was set free to slot calmly past the advancing Belgian goalkeeper. Wales should have extended their lead 15 minutes later when Morgan Jones’ header just went the wrong side of the far post from a well taken free kick by Joe McNulty.

Head Coach Osian Roberts made one change at the interval replacing Everton’s Nathan Broadhead,who had worked hard during the first half, to be replaced by his club team-mate Ryan Harrington. Wales had to be disciplined and organised defensively to deal with the creative and talented Belgians as they pushed for an equaliser.



National Team Manager Chris Coleman, watching this age group for the first time this year, must have been delighted with what he was seeing as the young Welsh team had certainly bought into the Welsh philosophy that has been implemented across all the national teams.

As the second half progressed Wales grew in confidence and belief despite the loss of Jack Challis, their inspirational leader, who was forced to leave the field with an injury after a brave challenge.

Both teams were looking for the all-important next goal in the match and it was Wales who secured it when Wrexham’s James Papirnyk rose high to head home to give Wales a fully deserved victory, but more importantly a solid professional team performance.


Osian Roberts commented after the game, “ I’m delighted with how the boys have responded this evening after Tuesday’s game with Switzerland. We felt we deserved at least a draw on Tuesday based on the performance, so to come out and play like we did against a top international team such as Belgium speaks volumes for the character and ability in this squad. Tonight we were everything - organised, committed, controlled and the most pleasing for me is that the boys have taken on board our philosophy. Even though the most important factor at this level is development and making sure our young international players gain as much experience of international football as possible, I’m pleased the boys are experiencing winning as well. I can’t think of any Welsh team at this age group to have beaten Poland and Belgium - two of the top European countries in youth football.”

Wales U15′s Bounce Back with Belgium Win