Cymru U21 Continue Euro Qualifying Preparations with Scotland Friendly Victory

International challenge match between Cymru U21 and Scotland U21 at the Pinatar Arena on 26th March 2023

Cymru U21 continued preparations for their UEFA European Under-21 Championships qualifying campaign with a 3-0 over Scotland in Pinatar. 

Josh Farrell opened the scoring just before the half-hour mark and then Joe Low marked his debut with a goal minutes after the restart to put Cymru two ahead at the break. 

Josh Thomas then added a third goal in the second half to ensure there would be no way back for Scotland.

Matty Jones made six changes from Cymru’s last friendly against Austria in September, with Fin Stevens, Matt Baker, Owen Beck, Oli Hammond and Josh Farrell keeping their places in the starting line up. While goalkeeper Ed Beach and Low both made their U21s debuts and Thomas was handed his first start for the side.

Both goalkeepers enjoyed a quiet opening in south-east Spain but Cymru took advantage of their first opportunity in front of goal when Rubin Colwill sent Farrell in behind the Scotland defence. Farrell got the better of Jeremiah Mullen and then fired home a powerful effort which went in off goalkeeper Cieran Slicker, who was unable to contain the force of the shot.

Eli King’s ball then set Hammond free down the left and the midfielder’s cross picked out Colwill, but he was just unable to divert the ball home from an acute angle.

But Cymru got their second of the afternoon with five minutes left of the half from a corner, which came after a good run forward from Thomas. It was a set-piece that had been crafted on the training ground as Farrell turned provider and picked out Low, whose header at the near post found the opposite corner.

Colwill came close to adding a third for Cymru just after the break when he got on the end of Stevens’ cut-back to the edge of the area, only to see his first-time effort go marginally wide of the top corner.

But Colwill registered his second assist of the afternoon a minute later as his pass with the outside of his boot picked out Thomas, who swept the ball home at the back post.

Ed Beach had to be alert at his near post to keep out a rare Scotland effort from Thomas Dickson-Peters. Substitute Jadan Raymond then saw his low shot tipped past the post by goalkeeper Slicker down the opposite end in one of the final opportunities of the game.

Cymru will now turn their attentions to the UEFA European Under-21 Championships qualifying campaign, which begins with a trip to Denmark in June.

Cymru XI: Ed Beach, Owen Beck, Matt Baker, Joe Low (Zac Ashworth 56’), Luca Hoole, Fin Stevens (C) (Owen Hesketh), Eli King, Rubin Colwill (Joel Cotterill), Oli Hammond, Josh Farrell (Jadan Raymond 71’), Josh Thomas (Joe Taylor 71’). 

Subs not used: Ronnie Hollingshead, Jay Williams, Ollie Denham, Ryan Howley.

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