Nikoline Frandsen scored midway through the second half as Denmark made a winning start in Group A of the 2013 UEFA European Women’s Under-19 Championship, but last year’s semi-finalists were made to work hard for their points.
Wales proved dogged opponents in Llanelli and it took a well-worked free-kick on 61 minutes for the Danes to make the break through.
As Anna Fisker placed the ball near the corner flag, six players lined up on the edge of the box and Frandsen found space to turn her delivery in. Denmark had earlier threatened as Denmark’s dead-ball prowess had asked several questions in the first period, and Cardiff City’s Alice Evans beat away Camilla Andersen’s stinging shot.
Until then the match had been tentative, with clear-cut chances at a premium. When opportunities arose they were more often from slips, misplaced passes than guile – twice Wales were almost punished early on.
Wales ended with credit, however, and will hope for more reward when they meet England on Thursday at Richmond Park, Carmarthen.
UEFA Under-19 Women’s European Championships:
Group A: Wales 0-1 Denmark @ Parc Y Scarlets, England 0-0 France @ Richmond Park
Group B: Sweden 1-1 Finland @ Stebonheath, Germany 5-0 Norway @ Parc Y Scarlets