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Wales vs England 2016

The Football Aid 2016 season kicked off on Wednesday 30th March with our Wales vs England International at the Principality Stadium. It was a sunny spring morning in Cardiff and the players made the most of the perfect conditions serving up a thrilling game which ended in a 5-5 draw, with both teams producing some brilliant goals for the fans to enjoy.



Date: Wednesday 30th March 2016
Venue: Principality Stadium
Wales (Home) vs England (Away)
Kick Off: 12pm
Match Officials: Julian Hitchcock, Chris Howse, Andy Thompson & Paul Darch

England kicked off our Wales vs England international wearing the traditional all White strips and both teams had an early share of possession each, but it was the English who had the first chance when their No 7, Roberto Donay latched onto a loose ball just outside the area before hitting wide.

The chances kept coming for England, and after a cross into the box from the right hand side came in, a sliced volley fell into the path of No 8, Richard Leeson who fired just over the bar. The two teams were very tactical in their approach to the game but the English attack was not giving the Welsh defence any respite.

A big chance came for England when No 2 Adam Canning and No 18 Joe Hylands played a neat 1-2 on the right hand side before Joe Hylands laid the ball off to Raymond Prior who forced a fantastic close range save from the Wales No 1 and skipper, Gerry McGill.



Following the save, it was Wales’ turn to start creating some chances, first a quick counter attack from No 9 Nicola Perazzini ended with him trying his luck from 30 yards out. Soon after Wales won a free kick around 25 yards out but it was comfortably saved by England No 1 Stewart Cox.

With 27 mins on the clock we got the 1st goal of the game, England took the lead after a quick throw was taken, No 10 James Barnsdall looped the ball into the path of Joey Hylands at the back post and the impressive striker headed home to fire his team into the lead (0-1).

England were pressing for a 2nd goal but the Welsh defence stood strong. A heroic block from Wales No 5 Iwan Willams denied England’s No 6 Dave Taylor from scoring.

However, the English managed to double their lead in the 30th min when a clearance in the Welsh box fell into the path of England No 7 Roberto Donay who struck the ball confidently past the keeper (0-2).

The English were dominating the game now and had the final real chance of the 1st half when a lovely through ball from No 9 Raymond Prior ended up at the feet of No 18 Joey Hylands who tried to elegantly lob the goalkeeper but saw his effort go over the crossbar.

The Welsh were still in the game though and demonstrated that on the stroke of half-time when they had a free-kick 20 yards out that deflected high in to the air and ended up in the back of the net, however the referee disallowed the goal due to a challenge on the keeper.

Half Time: Wales 0 - 2 England

Wales kicked off the 2nd half knowing they were chasing the game and they came out attacking. They did not have to wait long to score their 1st goal of the game. 47 mins in, Wales No 5 Iwan Williams beat the goalkeeper after a nice turn in the box to make it (1-2).

The 2nd half was a much more of an end-to-end affair with both teams creating chances but Wales still dominated possession until England No 6 Dave Taylor found himself through on goal but before he could score some spirited teamwork from Wales No 1 Gerry McGill and No 5 Iwan Williams stopped England restoring their two goal lead.

Wales found the net again and they equalised in the 55th min when No 9 Nicola Perazzini nutmegged the England defender before pulling the ball back for No 11 Mark Clyne to fire home 1st time (2-2).

England were back creating chances again but the Welsh were matching them for creating chances and were pressuring England’s wings. A long ball from England No 6 Dave Taylor went over the Welsh defence and found No 18 Joey Hylands one on one with the Wales No 1 Gerry McGill, who was off his line quickly to stop Joey getting his 2nd goal of the game.

The 60th min arrived and Wales took the lead for the 1st time in the game when the England defence failed to clear their lines following a dangerous cross and it fell into the path of Wales No 11 Mark Clyne who showed great striker’s instincts to score his 2nd of the game (3-2).



The Wales team had found their shooting boots and scored again in the 62nd min when a skilful turn and strike in the box by No 7 Rob Green made it 4-2 to the Red Dragons (4-2).

Going behind didn’t dampen the English spirits though and they kept pushing to get into the game and their persistence paid off and they found themselves on the score sheet again in the 64th min when No 6 Dave Taylor scored a cracking strike that went into the top left hand corner of the net (4-3). Game on!

Wales were looking to restore their 2 goal lead quickly, however England’s centre half pairing of Football Aid regulars No 4 Terry Rickard and No 5 Robert Thorpe stood firm in stopping the Home team. However Wales had a big chance when No 14 John Denley broke free of the defence and lobbed the goalkeeper only to be denied by the back post.

With 73 mins on the clock England won a penalty when their Captain Adam Canning’s crossed resulted in an unfortunate handball by Wales No 14 John Denley. No 2 Adam Canning stepped up and confidently placed the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the net, making the scores all level with less than a quarter of the game to go (4-4).



Rejuvenated from equalising, England took the lead again in the 75th min when the impressive Joey Hylands sprung free of his man and pulled the ball back to No 9 Raymond Prior who did well to finish first time (4-5).

Wales weren’t finished scoring though and they deservedly equalised in the 80th min when a well struck free kick from distance from Iwan Williams managed to sneak into the back of the net and bring the game all square with time running out (5-5).

But there was to be no winner to the game and the referee called time with the game finishing as a thrilling 5-5 draw after both teams found their shooting boots in the 2nd half. Huge thanks to all the players and spectators who made it such a great occasion and a special thanks to the Principality Stadium for allowing us to make full use of the fantastic facilities.

Full Time: Wales 5 - 5 England

Man of the Match Home: Iwan Williams
Man of the Match Away: Joey Hylands
Moment of the Match: Robert Green

Home Team: Gerry McGill (C), Tim Evans, Jonathan Good, Iwan Williams, Marco Serofilli, Robert Green, Baljinder Singh, Nicola Perazzini, Robert Davies, Mark Clyne, John Denley, Gareth Hammond, James Harris
Home Mascot: Keian Williams

Away Team: Stewart Cox, Adam Canning (C), Terry Rickeard, Robert Thorpe, Dave Taylor, Roberto Donay, Richard Leeson, Raymond Prior, James Barnsdall, Joe Hylands, Kevin Watts, Alex Orange
Away Mascot: Faye Canning

Match Report written by Matt Annis