There were highs and lows for our youth internationals on Wednesday with a win, a draw, and a defeat apiece to start Under-19 European Championship Qualifying.
Brentford B winger Joe Adams, who was earning his ninth Under-19 cap, scored one and set one up as Wales began their campaign with a 3-0 win over Poland at Rodney Parade, Newport. The 18-year-old timed his run in from the left to perfection to sweep home the opener on 22 minutes before turning provider for Sam Pearson a quarter of an hour later. The home side wrapped up the win seven minutes after the restart through Keenan Pattern. The Red Dragons will look to build on their fine start when they host Russia at the Cardiff International Sports Campus on Saturday.
Simon Andersson and Fredrik Hammar both started for Sweden as they drew 2-2 at Gavlevallen against Slovenia. Benjamin Nygren gave the hosts a 33rd minute lead but Renato Simič levelled just before the interval. Tempers boiled over seconds later as Fredrik reacted angrily to a challenge and was shown a straight red card. Matija Burin then gave Slovenia the lead nine minutes after the restart but the ten men hit back before the hour through Jack Lahne. The outings were Simon and Fredrik’s fifth at Under-19 level with Estonia up next on Saturday at the Jernvallen.
Gustav Mogensen also started as Denmark’s Under-19s began with a 2-1 defeat to Finland in Køge. All the goals came in the second-half, Arlind Sejdijaj and Jeremiah Streng giving The Finns a two-goal advantage heading into the final ten minutes. Frederik Franck Winther set up a grandstand finish with a goal three minutes from time but the visitors hung on for the points. The 66-minute appearance was Gustav’s seventh for the Under-19s and the first time he has tasted defeat. Faroe Island are the opponents on Saturday in a must-win match.