It was a disappointing evening in Bangor for Rob Page’s Wales Under-21s, despite creating a number of chances they came up against a good, clinical Bosnia and Herzegovina side who won 4-0 on the night.
The home side made a good start to the match, pressing high up the pitch, looking to get on the front foot and force the visitors into making mistakes. Wales spent long spells camped in Bosnia’s half trying to break them down, but the visitors were throwing bodies in the way of every ball to make life difficult for the home side.
A great run from Cameron Coxe, advancing from his defensive position, saw the right-back cross in for Tyler Roberts, who had ghosted away from his man inside the box, but his powerful strike flew inches wide.
Harry Wilson got on the ball minutes later and cut inside from the right flank, beating two defenders and setting himself up for a 25-yard shot, but once again Bosnia threw bodies and the way and blocked Wilson’s effort on its way to the goal. Despite the fact Wales were on top, Bosnia scored the first goal after 26 minutes with Amer Gojak finding the back of the net.
Having falling behind, Wales were still in control of possession and spent a lot of time camped inside the Bosnian half looking for openings, with Roberts, Wilson and Cole DaSilva all having shots blocked with some five minutes to go in the first half.
A positive start to the second half from Wales saw Wilson go close from a free-kick and Roberts have another effort blocked, but it was cruel to see Gojak go down the other end for Bosnia and double their lead as he tucked away a cut-back to bag his brace.
Rabbi Matondo came on with just over half an hour to play, with his trickery and pace causing the visitors some problems, and he got a couple of good crosses into the box for his teammates to attack, but they just weren’t falling for Wales and Bosnia managed to clear the danger.
Another dangerous run from Wilson saw the Liverpool winger shoot from distance again, curling a left-footed effort millimetres wide of the post, but before Bosnia went down the other end and Marijan Cavar made it 3-0 with a stunning strike from distance that Luke Pilling could do nothing about in the Wales goal.
The Young Dragons kept plugging away and kept looking to get a goal, but the visitors scored again to make it 4-0 as Luka Menalo netted, and Bosnia saw out victory.
Attention now turns to Tuesday night’s fixture at Bangor, where Wales face Romania’s U21s in a 6pm kick-off.
Match Report courtesy of www.faw.cymru
Updated 16:42 - 23 Nov 2017 by Kevin Owen