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Wales Under-19 played the first of two friendlies at the English FA's new St George's Park training facility in Burton-on-Trent yesterday against an experienced Swedish side.
Jarmo Matikainen's Wales started brightly in a high paced opening fifteen minutes. However, Sweden's experience began to show and their composure saw them take the lead on 20 minutes.
Wales continued to battle hard and soon settled back into the game, keeping their shape and passing well.
The single goal was all that separated the two sides at half time as Alice Evans made a number of fine saves to deny the Swedes.
Matikainen changed things early in the second half, Alys Hinchcliffe replacing Lia Lewis. Wales tested the Swedish goal but failed to capitalise before Sweden doubled their lead midway through the second half.
The girls continued to battle hard and showed real grit and determination in the closing stages, Jarmo making further changes with the addition of Samantha Quayle and Georgia Evans on for Rachel Hignett and Hannah Keryakoplis.
The Coach and players will both take plenty of positives from this fixture as they prepare to face England in the second match of their double header on Tuesday 23rd October.
Wales Under-19: Alice Evans, Rhian Cleverly, Danielle Oates, Lauren Price, Hannah Bluck, Angharad James, Lia Lewis, Rachel Hignett, Catherine Walsh, Hannah Keryakoplis, Ellie Curson. Subs: Gemma Jackson, Alys Hinchcliffe, Mali Summers, Georgia Evans, Emma Beynon, Stacey Webber, Samantha Quayle.
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