England C 2-2 Wales C
The Peninsula Stadium, Salford City
England C scorers: Nathan Peate (OG) 25', Kurt Willoughby 53'
Wales C scorers: Kayne McLaggon 31', Adam Roscrow 63'
Goals from Kayne McLaggon and Adam Roscrow cancelled out a Nathan Peate own goal and a well-taken free kick from Kurt Willoughby.
The game started cagily as both sides cautiously played their way into things early on. Dylan Rees’ pinpoint cross almost found McLaggon in the England box, but the striker couldn’t control it and it was collected by Ben Killip.
Luke Trotman was causing problems for Wales down the England left, and it was from one of his low crosses that the home side went in front. The right back fizzed the ball across the six-yard box, and Nathan Peate was unfortunate enough to deflect it into his own net.
England were on top at this point, and could have gone two up when Kurt Willoughby was sent clear with a slide rule pass, but Alex Ramsay was equal to it and parried it away.
Wales then equalised through McLaggon, the forward reacting fastest to beat Killip to a well-worked free-kick from Clayton Green.
Wales looked dangerous from set pieces, Aeron Edwards heading a corner on target which Luke James cleared, before Willoughby shot over from distance for the home side.
Eliot Evans had the first chance after the break for Wales. Henry Jones picked up a loose ball in the England half and knocked it to McLaggon, who squared to Evans. The Met winger cut inside and curled one just wide of the far post.
England though responded with a short spell of pressure, and retook the lead through Willoughby, after the forward curled a low free kick from twenty-five yards around the Wales wall and past Ramsay.
Wales boss Mark Jones responded by sending on Danny Brookwell and Roscrow, and the latter almost made an instant impact just after the hour, holding off Laurence Maguire to force Killip into a save.
From the resulting corner, Peate almost grabbed a goal at the right end, his headed being cleared off the line by Daniel Happe.
Two minutes later, Wales were level, Chris Venables dinking a ball forward for Roscrow, who beat Happe and fired past Killup.
From that point chances were few and far between. Greg Olley came closest to winning the game, the England midfielder hooking an effort onto the post after beating Lewis to a lofted ball into the box.
James Hardy also had an effort blocked in the last minute by Edwards, after some good interplay on the edge of the Wales box freed up the England number ten.
Wales had one final chance deep into stoppage time after winning a free kick in the England half, but Killip collected Edwards’ cross.
Shortly after the referee brought an intriguing game to a close, meaning Wales improve on last year’s defeat in Barry.
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