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Two second-half goals seal win for England men’s under-18s over Wales in Cardiff

Monday 29 Mar 2021
England celebrate Liam Delap's opening goal in Cardiff. Images courtesy of FAW

England men’s under-18s beat Wales by 2-0 at Leckwith Stadium on Monday, thanks to second-half goals from Liam Delap and Carney Chukwuemeka. 

Kevin Betsy's squad have been together this month for the first time since last year, with this match organised with the Welsh to get some international match action for the Young Lions.

And England started brightly in the Welsh capital with Louie Barry, who has already scored his first senior goal for Aston Villa, makinhg his intentions clear early on by driving down the left and seeing his first attempt on goal trickle out for a corner. 

But it was Wales who should've edged ahead with the best chance of the half, when Shola Shoretire was penalised for tripping Chris Popov on his way into the area. 

Ryan Viggars stepped up to take the resulting penalty but his low effort was well saved by Hubert Graczyk to keep the scores level. 

At the other end, Barry once again showed positivity as he pounced on a loose ball and played a one-two with Shoretire to work some space in the box but blasted over with his right foot. 

Alex Robertson looks to challenge Wales' Charlie Savage in the midfield

Daniel Jebbison was next to go close for England after being picked out in the box by Barry, but Max Williams produced a brilliant reflex save to keep the shot out. 

And Keelan Williams was unlucky not give Wales the lead just before the break as his effort crashed off the woodwork and fell safely into the gloves of Graczyk. 

Head coach Betsy freshened things up with no less than ten half-time changes but it was Wales who came out of the blocks flying and almost broke the deadlock when Oli Ewing played Viggars in on goal but Tobi Oluwayemi was quick to smother the shot. 

And on 65 minutes, England took the lead as Manchester City's Liam Delap was brought down by Williams and blasted the resulting spot kick past the keeper. 

From then on it was one-way traffic and Betsy's side doubled their lead with just over ten minutes to play when James Balagizi threaded Chukwuemeka through for a cool finish. 

Tireless defender Harry Jones had Wales' final chance to get something out of the game as he flicked a corner goalwards but it never looked like troubling Oluwayemi. 

England (4-4-3): 1 Hubert Graczyk (Arsenal), 18 Ethan Ingram (West Bromwich Albion), 4 CJ Egan-Riley (Manchester City) , 6 Jarell Quansah (Liverpool) , 21 Callum Doyle (Manchester City), 16 Aaron Ramsey (Aston Villa), 8 Alex Robertson (Manchester City), 7 Karamoko Dembele (Celtic), 10 Shola Shoretire (Manchester United), 19 Daniel Jebbison (Sheffield United), 11 Louie Barry (Aston Villa)

Substitutions: 13 Tobi Oluwayemi (Celtic) for Graczyk 46', 2 Daniel Oyegoke (Arsenal) for Ingram 46', 3 James Norris (Liverpool) for Doyle 46', 5 William Fish (Manchester United) for Quansah 46', 14 Carney Chukwuemeka (Aston Villa) for Ramsey 46', 15 Alex Scott (Bristol City) for Robertson 46', 17 Samuel Edozie (Manchester City) for Dembele 46', 23 Kwadwo Baah (Rochdale) for Shoretire 46', 20 James Balagizi (Liverpool) for Barry 46', 9 Liam Delap (Manchester City) for Jebbison 46'

Wales (4-5-1): 1 Max Williams, 2 Keelan Williams, 3 Tom Davies, 4 Harry Jones, 5 Taylor Jones, 6 Jay Williams, 7 Charlie Savage, 8 Oli Ewing, 9 Ryan Viggars, 10 Joel Cotterill, 11 Chris Popov

Substitutions: 19 Connor Salisbury for Cotterill 56', 22 Cameron Congreve for Viggars 56', 15 Zac Bell for Savage 74', 14 Harry Leeson for Williams 74', 18 Luke Mariette for Davies 74', 12 Ben Hughes for Williams 84', 17 Rio Dyer for Popov 84', 20 Lewys Twamley for Ewing 84', 13 Cian Williams for Jones 84' 

Substitutes not used: 16 Zac Williams 

Referee: Ben Williams 

By Tom Dean