Four players from The New Saints Academy were involved with the Welsh Under 18’s during the two friendlies against the Republic of Ireland.
Andy Wycherley, Nyasha Mwamuka, James Jones and James Papirnyk all featured for Wales during the two matches.
The Welsh U18’s drew one all with the Republic of Ireland Under 18’s in the latest fixture between the sides.
Andy Wycherley, James Jones and James Papirnyk all played ninety minutes for their country in a friendly that was played at Port Talbot’s Genquip Stadium.
Wales were held to a draw by the Republic of Ireland despite going into the half time break leading by a goal to nil thanks to a goals from The Saints’ James Jones.
Wales nearly went in front through Lloyd Hughes when he met the ball at the far post from a James Jones corner kick in the 6th minute. Hughes looked likely to score as the ball fell to him but he sent his shot wide of the left post.
Shortly after, the Republic of Ireland should have scored when JJ Fitzpatrick eluded calls from the Wales defence for offside to run in on goal. However, Wales goalkeeper Andrew Wycherley was alert and came off his line to narrow the angle and force Fizpatrick’s shot wide.
During the 28th minute of play Wales took the lead when they imposed some considerable pressure on the Republic of Ireland defence. Following several attempts, the ball was eventually poked over the line by Jones to make it 1-0.
The Republic of Ireland levelled just after the hour mark when Shane Hulgraine breached the Wales defence to slot the ball past TNS youngster Wycherley for 1-1.
Wales had several chances to win the match and in the 74th minute Ifan Emlyn Jones came close with a half-volley from the edge of the box that went painstakingly wide.
Wales: 12. Andrew Wycherley, 2. Edward Speed, 3. Cai Parry, 4. James Jones, 5. Benjamin Nash (C), 7. Lloyd Hughes, 8. Thomas Bibby, 9. Christopher Whittaker, 14. Matthew Rowley, 15. Jack Chambers, 18. James Papirnyk.
Used Substitutes: 6. Daniel Dascalu 11. Joshua Webber (for 7), 13. Ifan Emlyn Jones (for 14) 17. Brython Payne (for 3), 19. George Rathbone (for 15).
The previous day, the Republic of Ireland beat Wales in a friendly that was held in Haverfordwest.
There were plenty of chances during the first half with both teams coming close to breaking the deadlock. A well worked free kick in the 22nd minute nearly saw Wales take the lead however, the effort went narrowly wide of the Republic of Ireland goalpost.
Wales nearly took the lead through Bala Town’s Daniel Dascalu in the 62nd minute but his curling shot, which looked good for the top righthand corner of the goal, was somehow saved by David Coffey, the Republic of Ireland goalkeeper.
Wales were to rue the missed chance as an infringement in the box saw the Republic of Ireland awarded a penalty. Gareth Doherty made it 1-0 to the Irish from the spot on 72 minutes and this was enough to win the match.
Wales: 1. Mitchell Jones, 2. Edward Speed, 3. Cai Parry, 4. James Jones, 5. Benjamin Nash (C), 6. Daniel Dascalu, 7. Lloyd Hughes, 8. Thomas Bibby, 9. Christopher Whittaker, 10. Nyasha Mwamuka, 15. Jack Chambers.
Used Substitutes: 20. Jamie Roberts (for 10), 16. Liam Jaques (for 7), 11. Joshua Webber (for 15), 19. George Rathbone (for 9), 13. Emlyn Jones (for 6).
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