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Wales foiled by Belgian fightback
 Women's Football News 19 Aug 2011
 
Wales Under-19 and Belgium Under-19 shared the spoils in a six-goal feast at the Sport Park, Treforest on Thursday morning. 
 
The teams had met at Port Talbot on Tuesday evening and shared a 0-0 draw, but the return meeting - played in rainy conditions - was much more entertaining for the 150 fans who watched the match. Belgium suffered a blow before kick off when striker Charlotte Laridon was injured in the warm up and had to be replaced by substitute Dessers.
 
Both sides opened brightly and there was little to choose between the sides before Wales won a free kick on the edge of the area after 25 minutes and Ellie Curson's shot took a deflection to beat the keeper. The lead was short-lived however and, following a mistake in the Welsh penalty area, Anne Muni made things all square just three minutes later.
 
In turn, Wales came straight back down the field and following another free kick, wide on the left, the ball was floated over for Curson to get a flick header into the goal to make it 2-1. Belgium worked hard to get back on equal terms but the half time whistle saw Wales remain in front.
 
The second half was played in better conditions and both sides made substitutions. On 73 minutes Wales went further ahead with a nice turn and shot in the area from Angharad James which the Belgian keeper failed to hold on to and it crossed the line. Just as in the first half though, Wales could not hold on and Belgium went back down the other end and Ella Van Kerkhoven headed home from a cross to make it 3-2.
 
The Belgians were starting to look the stronger side as the game wore on, and on 80 minutes a great strike from Maria-Laura Aga from 20 yards out brought the game level once again.
 
Wales could have snatched it in the final minutes when substitute Jordan Guard fired over from close range. The final whistle went with the score at 3-3 and both coaches will have taken plenty of positives from the two games.
 
Wales Under-19: Alice Evans, Sophie Davies (sub Rhian Cleverly 45mins), Lauren Price, Danielle Oates, Hayley Ladd (sub Rebekah Hadley 57mins), Angharad James, Ellis Parsons, Rachel Hignett (sub Emily Thomas 85mins), Alex George (sub Sophie Cole 73mins), Ellie Curson (sub Jordan Guard 85mins), Shanelle Edwards (sub Amy Thrupp 73mins).

Belgium Under-19: Louise Van Den Bergh, Celine Verdonck (sub Sofie De Plus 67mins), Ella Van Kerkhoven, Kimberly Verbist, Taika De Koker, Julie Biesmans, Anne Muni, Laura Deneve, Maria-Laura Aga, Ellen Charlier, Iris Dessers (sub Annemie Liefooghe 45 mins).

(Report by www.faw.org.uk)

 
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