THURSDAY marks the start of a UEFA sponsored four-way Under-16 development tournament in South Wales featuring Wales, Northern Ireland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands.
As I wrote yesterday, the matches will be played across three host venues (Llanelli, Port Talbot and Briton Ferry) on Thursday, Friday and Sunday.
The tournament is seen as a preparation exercise ahead of the two-stage qualification process to reach the 2014 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship, with each of the nations involved missing out on this year’s finals in Slovakia in May.
From the first qualifying round only Northern Ireland progressed but then fell in the following qualification stage the ‘Elite round’.
Wales meanwhile lost all three of their qualifying round fixtures in Tallinn, Estonia back in October and three matches on home turf will provide manager Geraint Williams with the ideal opportunity to build for next year’s campaign.
Matches are 80 minutes in length and up to nine substitutes can be named and used. If the scores are level at the end of the 80 minutes a penalty shoot-out is used to decide the winner.
WALES: Luke Pilling (Tranmere Rovers), Lewis Thomas (Swansea City), Cian Harries (Coventry City), James Graham (Everton), Daniel Byrnes (Oldham Athletic), Rollin Menayese (Cardiff City), Rhys Abbruzzese (Cardiff City), Aaron Davies (Bristol City), Ioan Evans (Sheffield United), Joe McNulty (Bristol City), Tom Pearson (Cardiff City), Dylan Thomas (Swansea City), Joe Morrell (Bristol City), Shane Parry (Cardiff City), Daniel James (Hull City), William Abbotts (Bolton Wanderers), Charley Edge (Everton), Connor Lemonheigh-Evans (Bristol City), Elijah Phipps (Cardiff City), George Thomas (Coventry City)
NORTHERN IRELAND: Bradley McDonagh (Manchester City), Brett Long (Cliftonville), Ben Hall (Dungannon Swifts), Seanna Foster (St Oliver Plunkett), Scott Whiteside (Linfield), Connor Quigley (Trojans), Jason Greenaway (Gleavon), Mark Edgar (Bertie Peacock), Levi Ives (St Oliver Plunkett), Oran Barton (Bertie Peacock), Ben Kennedy (St Oliver Plunkett), Chris Paul (Tottenham Hotspur), Milo Downey (Colchester), Glen Law (Bertie Peacock), Andrew Hoey (Glenavon), Jonathan Smith (Linfield), Calvin Kennedy (Foyle Harps), Adam Sally (Linfield), Stephen Fallon (St Oliver Plunkett), Andrew Mooney (Cliftonville)
Unable to obtain Iceland and Faroe Island squads.