Sky Sports Victory Shield U16 International
Scotland 1 Wales 2
Wales U16s beat Scotland this evening 2-1 in Perth in their second game of this year’s Sky Sports Victory Shield campaign at St Johnstone FC. The result puts Wales at the top of the group on six points, building again on their outstanding performance in Bangor last week against England.
The first half performance this evening was impressive, taking a two goal lead into the half time interval with both goals coming from Swansea City's Liam Cullen and created by captain and West Brom’s Tyler Roberts. Cullen still had plenty to do with both of his goals, his first a left foot strike which beat Celtic’s Aidan McAdams at the far post and his second from an individual piece of skill, creating room for himself by taking down Roberts'cross on his chest and calmly lifting the ball over McAdams in the Scottish goal to put Wales 2-0 up inside 25 minutes to the delight of the travelling Welsh parents and friends.
Scotland didn't let their heads drop and lie down coming back at Wales down the right and forcing a number of corners. Wales keeper Coughlan held things well in the Welsh goal, something he would need to do on a regular basis in the second half.
The Scots found it hard to deal with Cullen, Roberts and Liverpool's Ben Woodburn who were linking up and creating Scotland all sorts of problems. It was Woodburn whose powerful run through on 35 minutes gave which Wales a free kick in a very dangerous position. Cullen rightly fancied his chance of a first half hat-trick but his shot was deflected for a corner.
At the other end, the match winner in Bangor last week Liam Angel cleverly headed a dangerous ball away, with Dan Jefferies alongside him and Ben Williams and Cole Dasilva at full back the Welsh defence were standing firm as Scotland piled on the pressure to get back into the game.
The second half was always going to be tough and they needed to give a performance full of desire. The midfield of Matty Smith, Ethan Ampadu and Max Smallcombe battled hard in the middle of the park and won the physical battle.
Scotland had some early chances in the first ten minutes and rattled the Welsh crossbar from six yards. They were determined to make Wales work for the points as they looked to get that early goal to get back into the game.
Wales Sub 53 minutes
Sam Phillips of Wolves replaced Ben Woodburn
On 54 minutes, Matty Smith forced his way into the penalty area and his clever back heel found Cullen whose shot was forced for a corner.
Scotland increased the pressure forcing what seemed to be corner after corner. Cardiff City's Coughlan was called upon on numerous occasions to command his area which he did well.
Minutes later Chelsea's Cole Dasilva made a great challenge in the box and his pass found Roberts down the left who ran at the Scottish defence only for his chance to be smothered for a corner.
Coughlan was called into action again on 70 minutes to tip over Celtic's Jack Aitchison shot. Scotland got their reward from the resulting corner when Daniel Baur forced the ball over the line to set up a frantic last 10 minutes but it was Wales' night again as they held on to their lead to top the group going into their final fixture v Northern Ireland with a chance of winning the Shield outright for the first time since 1949.
Keiran Evans replaced Matty Smith on 75 minutes
Theo Llewellyn replaced Ethan Ampadu in injury time for the last 4 minutes
The Northern Ireland game takes place on Thursday 20th November at Ballymena Showground’s and will be televised live on Sky Sports with a 6pm kick off.