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Mepham wins third cap as Wales beaten in Bangor

Check out how our youngsters did in action on Friday night

11 November 2017

Chris Mepham and Wales’ Under-21 suffered a heavy defeat on home soil last night at the hands of Bosnia and Herzegovina to give up more ground in Group Eight of qualifying for the 2019 European Championships in Italy.

A neat finish from Amer Gojak opened the scoring midway through the first-half and he then swept home a second five minute after the break. Marijan Ćavar's long-range effort made it 3-0 with 20 minutes to play with Luka Manelo curling past Luke Pilling late on to make it four.

Chris played the full 90 minutes in Nantporth, earning his third cap at Under-21 level, as Wales remain on six points. Group leaders Romania head to Bangor on Tuesday evening with Rob Page’s side in need of a win to make up ground on the top teams.

In Group Four, Theo Archibald was an unused substitute as Scotland drew 1-1 at home to Latvia on Friday night. It could have been so much work for the Scots who conceded in first-half injury-time, Roberts Uldrikis the scorer. The visitors maintained that lead until the 93rd minute but, just when it looked like it was all over, Rangers’ attacker Ryan Hardie netted from the penalty spot to level in Perth. Scotland are now third in the group, behind England and Holland, ahead of another home game on Tuesday against fourth-placed Ukraine.

There’s more Youth International action today as Ellery Balcombe and England’s Under-19s look to keep up their winning start in European Championship qualifying against Iceland while Mads Sorensen’s Denmark will look to do the same against San Marino. 

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