Wales U16 kick-off Victory Shield defence with devastating defeat
30 October 2016

Wales U16 kick-off Victory Shield defence with devastating defeat

Wales 0-4 Republic of Ireland



Wales U16 kicked off their defence of the Victory Shield with a devastating 4-0 against a powerful Republic of Ireland team.

Having won the tournament for the last two years, the class of 2016 now have it all to do after being hammered by a fast and physical Irish team who dominated from the outset.

The Irish took the lead in the second minute when Adam Idah opened the scoring with a bullet header and they didn't look back from there, putting stuttering Wales to the sword in a scintillating first half.



There were chances for both sides in and frantic first half before Nathan Collins made it two and Idah completed his brace to give their team a 3-0 lead at half time.

In the second half Wales made many changes but still couldn't force their way back into the game and their fate was sealed by Ciaran Brennan on 75 minutes.



Technical Director Osian Roberts said: "They're obviously really disappointed but it's really now about learning from it.

"We need to look at what we can improve on. We need to understand whether it was nerves, being the first game in the competition.



"We've got two games to play and it's important they improve their performances.

"The first two goals were set-pieces, which comes down to physicality and to be honest they were bigger and stronger than us."



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Match night action



2min - WAL 0-1 ROI
Adam Idah heads in from close range after Wales fail to clear Nathan Collins’ initial header, which came from a Max Murphy free kick.

10min Wales let-off as Barry Coffey misses a great opportunity for ROI, missing the target from point-blank range.

15 min Ireland winger Callum Thompson shows his speed with a couple of dangerous breaks down the right.

25 min Wales wideman Neco Williams sends a rasping shot in the direction of Irish keeper Kian Clarke but he is equal to it.

32 min - WAL 0-2 ROI
Nathan Collins heads home from a Kameron Ledwidge corner, which came about after Wales keeper Dan Barden was at full stretch to keep out Ledwidge's initial long-range free kick.



35 min Wales miss a great chance to get back into the game as Keenan Patten’s excellent work from midfield sends Williams in on goal but he fires inches over

39 min - WAL 0-3 ROI
At the other end, Adam Idah scores his second of the night from close range, after his initial header from Tyriek Wright’s cross was saved. That takes the score to 3-0.

HALF TIME - WALES 0-3 ROI

Wales subs: Jac Davies, Cameron Evans, Steffan Bulkeley and Keenan Patten replaced by Cavan Williams, Jamie Taylor, Ryan Astley and Sam Bowen.

50min Cavan Williams makes an instant impact down the left, putting in a cross that ends ina chance for Terry Taylor but the captain’s shot can’t get past keeper Clarke.

58 min Wales subs: Dan Griffiths and Neco Williams replaced by Isaak Davies and Callum Watts

68 min Wales subs: Josh Hosie and Luke Burton on for Dan Barden and Terry Taylor

75 min - WAL 0-4 ROI
Ciaran Brennan bursts into the box and delivers a calm finish, after being put through by Barry Coffey, to put the game beyond Wales.



Tonight's Teams



Wales
Dan Barden
Jac Davies
Morgan Boyes
Keenan Patten
Michael Ellery
Cameron Evans
Steffan Bulkeley
Terry Taylor (c)
Daniel Griffiths
Neco Williams
Jack Vale

ROI
Kian Clarke
Max Murphy
Kevin O'Reilly
Nathan Collins
Cameron Ledwidge
Jason Knight (c)
Marc Walsh
Barry Coffey
Adam Idah
Sean Brennan
Callum Thompson

THE SQUAD


Dan Barnham - Arsenal
Luke Burton - Shrewsbury Town
Ryan Barrett - Newcastle United
Michael Ellery - Everton
Cameron Evans - Swansea City
Ryan Astley - Everton
Jamie Taylor - Bristol City
Morgan Boyes - Liverpool
Jac Davies - Cardiff City
Terry Taylor (c) - Aberdeen
Keenan Patten - Cardiff City
Sam Bowen - Cardiff City
Neco Williams - Liverpool
Callum Watts - Southampton
Josh Hosie - Everton
Bradley Gibbings - Swansea City
Lewis Clutton - Bristol Rovers
Jack Vale - Blackburn Rovers
Isaak Davies - Cardiff City
Dan Griffiths - Liverpool
Steffan Bulkeley - Wrexham
Cavan Williams - Cardiff City

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 v Northern Ireland
4pm - Scotland v 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)

Wales U16 kick-off Victory Shield defence with devastating defeat
Wales U16 kick-off Victory Shield defence with devastating defeat
Wales U16 kick-off Victory Shield defence with devastating defeat
Wales U16 kick-off Victory Shield defence with devastating defeat
Wales U16 kick-off Victory Shield defence with devastating defeat
Wales U16 kick-off Victory Shield defence with devastating defeat