Czech Republic v Wales match report
Czech Republic v Wales
1-1 at full time
Czech Republic win 4-3 on penalties
The skies opened at Shanowen road just as match 4 of the UEFA U16 women's tournament kicked off but that didn't dampen the spark of Czech Republic's Denisa Vesela who was immediately picked out by her captain, unmarked on the edge of the box and fired off a menacing left foot drive that crashed into the upright.
Ten minutes later and Vesela didn't hesitate when she got on the end of a low cross from Karolina Krivgka, blasting a right footed strike past a stationary Charlotte Edmunds.
Wales displayed their mettle in the spell that ensued. Lois Regan led the charge playing a deftly threaded pass through the Czech defence to find Chloe Hughes but the effort was in vain when referee Natasha Valintini ruled Hughes offside.
In the 20th minute, Wales were unlucky not to draw level with a free kick when Lois Regan spotted the Czech keeper, Michaela Radova out of position, smashing her effort off the crossbar.
In the 26th minute, Charlie Estcourt came off the worse from a 50 50 ball and had to be substituted by Sarah Saunders. A battling Wales saw their efforts pay off when Saunders got on the end of a poorly weighted pass from Kraolva Starova to tap home into an empty net three minutes before the end of a first half which finished 1-1.
The second half saw the Czech Republic impose on the game with Czech goal scorer Denisa Vesela giving the Welsh defence a torrid time with plenty of incisive runs down the left wing. In the 53rd she came very close to firing home but Welsh centre half Fiona Dodge once again showed her value by blocking a shot on goal.
In the 68th minute Vesela came close again when she cut in from the right hand side but her effort went just wide from a tight angle nine yards out. A second goal for the Czech Republic seemed imminent despite a valiant display from the Welsh defence and three minutes later it nearly came when captain Karolina Krivga came dangerously close to getting her head on the end of a well taken corner that flashed through the six yard box.
Krivga was unlucky not to be awarded a penalty in the 78th minute when she looked to have been brought down in the box. A minute later she turned her man on the edge of the box, shooting low and hard to the right but Charlotte Edmunds had it well covered.
The match finished 1-1 at full time and under tournament rules went straight to a penalty shootout with the Czech Republic coming out on top to win 4-3 on penalties.
Czech Republic: Micheaela Radova, Adela Danova (Tereza Braunerova, 58), Nela Cizkova, Antoine Veronika, Kralova Starova, Lucie Houzarova, Denisa Vesela (Eliska Jasova, 72), Eliska Kovarikova (Pavlina Hrobska, 58), Karolina Krivgka, Veronika Masova, Alezbeta Chulmova
Wales: Charlotte Edmunds, Mollie Jones, Chloe Jones ( Lily Stephens, 20), Fiona Dodge, Lowri Ridings, Kylie Nolan, Lois Regan, Charlie Escourt, Chloe Hughes (Sarah Saunders, 18 subsituted by Niamh Tinman, 70), Laura Mitchell, Kelsey Davies