Belgian U16 girls open with 3-0 win over Wales
Belgium 3 - 0 Wales
The Oscar Traynor Development Centre played host to Match 2 of the UEFA U16 Women's tournament, Wales v Belgium.
Wales began the brighter of the two teams maintaining good possession; however it wasn't long before Belgium settled into the game.
On 6 minutes Belgium's Maud Dupont had the game's first effort on goal but shot wide.
Again three minutes later Belgium came close when Pauline Stas got onto a cross from Charlotte van Ishonen. Stas did well to turn the Welsh centre half but didn't manage to connect well and her shot drifted left of goal.
In the 24th minute Belgium again threatened, this time from a free kick taken by Laura Baetens floated high to the far post. In the scramble, Belgian target woman, Janssues managed to get a knee to the ball but could only bundle it back across goal.
With Belgium pressing forward, Wales broke free and had their first shot on goal with Chole Hughes shooting on target into the hands of the Belgian keeper on 26 minutes.
Belgium reiterated their intent on 28 minutes when Isabelle Liano got down the left wing to pull the ball back into the box, however nobody was there to support. Wales failed to clear their line and the ball broke kindly for Maud Dupont who again crossed into an empty box.
Wales caught Belgium on the counter attack on 35 minutes when great link up play down the right gave Kyile Nolan a chance to get her shot off. However Belgian keeper, Justien Odeurs was equal to the challenge, saving comfortably.
Belgium's dominance very nearly paid off in the 40th minute when Charlotte Van Ishonen got on the end of a through ball and played into the right corner. With nobody up to support her, she went herself, cutting inside to get a well struck left foot drive away that crashed off the cross bar just before the referee blew for the end to a scoreless first half.
Belgium nearly got their first goal away in the 46th minute with a perfectly weighted cross into the box from Sike Vanwynsberghe which was met by the head of Jana Jansseus, forcing the Welsh kepper Charlotte Edmunds to pull off a fantastic save, keeping wales in the game.
Belgian dominance followed with some incisive runs from left winger Isabelle Iliano that yielded the first goal in the 51st minute when she got on the end of a low cross from Vanwynsberghe dummying her shot to take it left of goal to find the back of the net.
In the 57th minute Belgium enjoyed some great link up play between Isabelle Iliano and Sheryl Merchiers getting a cross into the box which fell for Celien Guns whose strike struck the post and went wide.
In the 65th minute Wales managed to combine some good passes against the run of play for Regan and Hughes to come close but Belgians pushed home their advantage in the 74th minute when Chloe de Vandevil found herself in space ten yards out. Vandevil coolly chipped across goal to make it 2-0.
Wales fought hard to get back into the game but were being pinned deeper into their own half and eventually conceded a third goal, just before the final whistle in the 79th minute when Belgium's Celien Guns struck a right footed curling shot into the top right corner to end the match 3-0.
Wales: Charlotte Edmunds, Mollie Jones, Chloe Jones, Fionai Dodge, Louri Ridings, Kylie Nolan, Lois Regan, Charlie Estcourt (73, Shauna Pentney), Chloe Hughes (51, Lily Stephens), Laura Mitchell (67, Sarah Saunders), Kelsey Davies
Belgium: Odeurs Justien, Baetens Laura, Vanwynsberghe Silke, Iliano Isabelle, Van Ishonen Charlotte (40, Sheryl Merchiers), Jansseus Jana, Dupont Maud (45, Matilde Drumont), Hendriekx Sari (40 Ellen Lagrange), Baldewijns Petra, Steyvers Chiara (65, Chloe de Vandevil), Stas Paulien (40, Sigrid Bertels)