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Wales' 6-1 win over Kazakhstan means they finish the UEFA Women's Under-17 Development Tournament top of the table, having won all three matches.
Wales were the stronger team from the off, using the new 3G surface to their advantage, enabling them to play the quick passing game they have favored throughout this tournament. It took just seven minutes before Wales opened the scoring. A curling cross swung in from the left beat the keeper and dropped in front of Ffion Morgan, who calmly let the ball bounce before firing in on the half volley.
Eight minutes later, Chloe Chivers made it 2-0 picking up the ball just inside the box, turning and lobbing the helplessly stranded Shalkhar who had advance from the Kazakhstan net.
Wales were enjoying much of the possession, and were creating plenty of chances, particularly down the left wing. Pike came close on 19 minutes who, after clever link up with Lily Woodham, took on the Kazakhstan right back with a strong run down the wing and into the box. She fired in a venomous shot but Shalkhar managed to parry the ball behind for a corner. In the 23rd minute, scorer of the first goal, Ffion Morgan, who had been impressive on the right, limped off and was replaced by Nia Rees.
Wales continued to dominate and made it 3-0 on 35 minutes. Gwennan Davies pounced on a loose ball in the box and calmly placed the ball into the net.
Two minutes later Wales scored again, this time Nia Rees finished off a fantastic passing move, collecting the ball and beating the advancing keeper. 4-0 was no less than Wales deserved having dominated from the start.
Wales made four substitutions at half time, most notably Mollie Jones who came on to replace Cassia Pike, who had had a strong first half.
Within one minute of coming on, Mollie Jones had scored, again from a move down the left of the pitch, beating the right back and breaking into the box. The keeper came out to meet Jones but she unleashed a powerful shot finding the back of the net and stunning the opposition. Jones was at it again two minutes later, scoring twice after just five minutes on the pitch.
Wales continued to create chances, Woodham and Rees coming close to adding to the tally, but it was Kazakhstan who scored in the 70th minute through Nizamutdinova who's shot from the left corner of the box dipped into the far top corner, Size had no chance. This signaled the start of some improved play from Kazakhstan who won a free kick not far from the edge of the box on 78 minutes. Nizamutdinova stepped up and produced a dangerous free kick which she lifted up over the wall and towards the top corner. Size did well to make the save.
Wales, the unbeaten tournament hosts, again put in a fantastic performance, playing confident and attractive quick-passing football. The win means Jayne Ludlow's young side finish the tournament in first position, winning all three of their matches against Northern Ireland, Faroe Islands and Kazakhstan.
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