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Wales 0 Denmark 1 (Frandsen 61)
Wales' opening match in the UEFA Under-19 Championship Finals ended in disappointment as a second half set piece led to a well organised Denmark side taking the three points at Parc y Scarlets.
It was the first time a Welsh team had ever appeared in the Finals of a major tournament and understandably there were nerves early on as Alice Evans and Lauren Price hesitated on the edge of the area and Frederikke Thogersen nipped in but Alys Hinchcliffe came to her side's rescue and averted the danger.
Shortly afterwards Camille Andersen robbed Angharad James and drove in a firm shot at goal which was parried away by Evans.
Wales settled down from this point and began to compete well with their opponents, however both sides were now finding it difficult to break down well drilled defences and chances at either end were now at a premium.
As half time approached, Julie Jensen tested Alice from 20 yards and the same player drove another shot wide from a similar distance. Danish captain Mie Jans then tried her luck from 25 yards with an effort which flashed narrowly over the bar.
Wales introduced Lia Lewis as a half time substitute and started the second half brightly, Hannah Keryakoplis carrying the ball towards the Denmark area before dragging her shot wide. James looped a shot over from distance and Lewis drove a cross across the face of the area from the right but no Wales player was on hand to apply a finish.
However Denmark were to hit back and opened the scoring through a well worked setpiece. After Lauren Price had been penalised for a foul near the corner flag, Anna Fisker whipped the ball in to the near post where Nikoline Frandsen got in front of her marker and sidefooted past Evans from six yards out.
Wales did have a lucky escape when Sarah Hansen was played through by Frederikke Thogersen and Rhian Cleverly appeared to be tugging her shirt as she made her way into the area but Danish appeals for a penalty were turned down.
Denmark were controlling matters at this point but Wales did force a corner which was only half cleared and James did well to win the ball back and find Keryakoplis, whose cross was fractionally too high for Emma Jones in front of goal.
Jensen and Fisker both tried shots from distance which were comfortably dealt with by Evans but Denmark kept the ball well as the game went into injury time and they closed the game out to seal victory.
Wales: Alice Evans, Alys Hinchcliffe, Lauren Hancock, Lauren Price, Rhian Cleverly, Angharad James, Amy Thrupp (sub Emma Jones 73mins), Rachel Hignett, Hannah Keryakoplis, Emma Beynon (sub Lia Lewis 45mins (sub Emile Revitt 83mins)), Ellie Curson. Subs not used: Delyth Morgan, Amy Wathan, Kelly Bourne, Samantha Quayle.
Denmark: Maria Christensen, Mie Jans, Stine Pedersen, Stine Larsen, Nikoline Frandsen, Anna Fisker (sub Mille Poulsen 87mins), Frederikke Thogersen, Caroline Rask (sub Sarah Hansen 56mins), Ida Karstoft, Julie Jensen, Camilla Andersen (sub Amalie Thestrup 77mins). Subs not used: Trine Jensen, Rikke Sevecke, Kristina Andersen, Julie Nowak.
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Lia Lewis battles for the ball with Denmark skipper Mie Jans
(bottom) Ellie Curson tries to take on Anna Fisker
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