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Vale helps Wales reach elite round

Jack Vale has helped Wales Under-19s earn a place in the UEFA Under-19 Elite round

21 November 2018

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Jack Vale has helped Wales Under-19s earn a place in the UEFA Under-19 Elite round.

The Academy starlet came on in the 88th minute of their opening Group 4 game, which Wales lost 2-1 to Scotland.

Wales bounced back in their next qualifier, claiming three crucial points courtesy of a 2-1 victory over Sweden.

Vale was again a second-half substitute, coming on in the 62nd minute – the same minute that Christian Norton scored the winner with his first touch. Vale had a chance to extend Wales’ lead late on, but was unable to find the back of the net. 

In their final group game, goals from Lewis Collins and Sam Bowen sparked celebrations at Bangor City as Wales ran out 2-0 winners over San Marino to book their place in the elite round for the first time in five years.

Knowing that only a victory would offer any chance of progress, Wales made seven changes to their starting line-up, with Vale handed a role from the get-go.

Vale twice tested goalkeeper Mirco De Angelis in the opening period, before Collins broke the deadlock on 52 minutes. Vale was withdrawn on 81 minutes and moments later Bowen scored the decisive second to secure Wales’ qualification.


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