Wales U21s 1-2 Republic of Ireland U21s

Jim Crawford's Republic of Ireland Under-21s battled back from a goal down to beat Wales 2-1 in a friendly played in Wrexham on Friday afternoon.

The hosts broke the deadlock on 11 minutes when Niall Huggins' cross was fired home by Joe Adams.

However in the second half Ireland grew into the contest, and they turned it on its head with two goals in two minutes.

First, Jonathan Afolabi tapped home after excellent wide play from Conor Noss, who put it on a plate for the attacker to equalise on 75 minutes. Then, the Irish were gifted the lead as a misplaced Morgan Boyes backpass rolled beyond his own keeper and into the net.

That's how it stayed as the Boys in Green came away with a morale-boosting win that will have given Crawford plenty of food for thought as he continues his preparations for the U21 European Championship qualifying campaign, which begins in September. 

Wales U21s: Lewis Webb (Nathan Shepperd ht), Fin Stevens, Billy-Sass Davies, Morgan Boyes, Eddy Jones, Ryan Stirk, Terry Taylor (captain, Sam Bowen 73) Niall Huggins, Joe Adams  Sion Spence (Sam Pearson 62), Luke Jephcott (Christian Norton 62)

Republic of Ireland U21s: Brian Maher, Lee O'Connor (captain), Andrew Omobamidele, Mark McGuinness, Mason O’Malley (Tyreik Wright 70), Luca Connell, Conor Noss, Louie Watson (Conor Grant 73), Alex Gilbert (Gavin Kilkenny 70), Jonathan Afolabi (Ethon Varian 85) Will Ferry

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