U16 Four Nations Competition
U16 Four Nations Competition
Tues 24th July 2007
Girls - Wales 0 Scotland 2
The first match in the four nations for Wales saw 15 of the girls play their first ever international match. It was always going to be fairly tough as this was the girl’s first competitive match together as a team. Scotland perhaps showed their greater experience exerting much pressure early on and despite Wales defending strongly with keeper Roseanne Thomas making vital saves Wales found themselves 1 down after 15’. Wales showed great character battling back and creating opportunities, the best falling to Xenna Hughes after a great run into the circle. However Wales failed to capitalise on their chances and went into half time still one goal down. The second half again saw great skill and determination from both teams however Scotland again came out on top after a goal 10’ into the re-start. Wales were not down hearted and produced a strong performance throughout the team and were unfortunate not to earn a result from their first game.
Wed 25th July 2007
Girls - Wales 0 Ireland 3
Ireland got off to a fighting start with a goal from a penalty corner within the first 5’. Wales battled back and the score remained 1-0 at half time. Wales made a bright, determined start to the second half and put some great attacking moves together and were very unfortunate not to make one count. Despite Ireland being put under pressure through many periods of the game they increased their lead to 3-0 after converting 2 penalty corners within 15’ of the second half. However Wales should look forward to their encounter with England tomorrow after another determined performance.
Thurs 26th July 2007
Girls - Wales 0 England 6
Wales set their stall out in a determined way with a strong defensive formation. This proved a successful tactic as England struggled to make any headway. They finally managed to score from a penalty corner after 8'. A successful second penalty corner just before the end meant it was 2-0 at half time. Wales continued their strategy of defence and breakaway in the second half but in the end the strength of the England team wore Wales down. The final score was 6-0 but this was no disgrace to the less experienced Welsh girls.
Fri 27th July 2007
|09.00||G||3rd Scotland||3||4th Wales||1|
|11.00||B||3rd Ireland||2||4th Wales||0|
|13.00||G||1st England||2||2nd Ireland||2|
|England won 5-3 on penalty strokes|
|15.00||B||1st England||2||2nd Scotland||2|
|Scotland won 3-2 on penalty strokes|
Girls - Wales 1 Scotland 3
Early pressure from Scotland resulted in two penalty corners but the Wales defence was sound and held out. Wales counter attacked with a run down the right deep into the Scotland 25 meter area. Xenna Hughes crossed into the D and after the initial shot was saved Sian French slotted the ball home for a 1-0 lead. Wales continued to press for the remainder of the half but could not add to the score. Nine minutes into the second half Scotland equalised when the ball was not cleared by Wales after keeper Stefanie Jones made a double save. With the score at 1-1 both teams continued to press with the Scots earning a penalty corner which they converted to go 2-1 up. Scotland scored a third with almost the last action of the match again from a penalty corner to give them third place in the tournament overall.
Despite finishing fourth it was a creditable performance from Wales who were the least experienced of the teams in the competition.
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