The Wales under 19 side battled to a great 1-1 draw with Germany at Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli this evening in the opening UEFA Elite Round game.
The Germans took an early lead from a corner on eights minutes, defender Luisa Wensing rising at the far post to score from a bullet-header.
It could have been the signal for an all-out onslaught by the Germans, but instead, Jarmo Matikainen's young team fought for every ball and held the German attack at bay. Few chances came to either side for the rest of the opening 45 minutes, but Wales were beginning to grow in confidence as the half wore-on. Captain Nia Jones was very impressive in keeping the shape of the Wales defence under severe pressure.
In the second half, Wales came-out on a mission and denied Germany the time and space to build from midfield. The reward game with just ten minutes to go when captain Nia Jones scored the all-important goal for the girls in red.
It was the signal for an all-out attack from Germany but Wales held their ground and took the point from a famous 1-1 draw.
Luisa Wensing 8’ (Germany)
Nia Jones 70’ (Wales)
Excellent defensive display by Wales. They scored with their only shot on target from a corner.
Germany were more or less in control for the game. They did make a strange substitution early in the second half going from 4-3-3 to 4-4-2 and they lost a bit the control of midfield because of and created less chances in the second half.
Hayley Ladd was excellent for Wales as well as Nia Jones