Bangor City will be hosting three U19s European Championship Group 4 qualifying games in the next few days. Admission to all the games is free and the action starts today, 14 November, when Sweden play San Marino at the Bangor City Stadium at 4pm.
On Saturday, 17 November, Wales play Sweden at 3pm and next Tuesday, 20 November, Wales face San Marino, Kick-Off at 3pm.
Wales U19 manager Paul Bodin is confident that his side can reach the UEFA Elite round of fixtures ahead of hosting the Group 4 qualifiers.
Paul Bodin said: “The preparations have gone really well over a long period of time, over the last two camps we’ve seen a real progression throughout the group, there’s one or two new additions, and now we’re really looking forward to the competition.”
Wales will also play Scotland at Rhyl’s Belle Vue stadium, 14 November 5pm, and manager Bodin added: “They all bring different challenge. The opening game against Scotland will be a real tough fixture. They’re quite a physical side who play some good football at the right times. Sweden will be a different sort of challenge. They play slightly different football, more controlled, and I’m sure San Marino will park the bus as they say. So three different challenges, three different types of games, but the opening game against Scotland will be a real good test and hopefully we’ll be ready for it.”
Since a number of young players have been promoted into Ryan Giggs’ senior side this now gives an opportunity to the next generation and Bodin has already seen an increase in motivation in his squad as a result. “Players like Ethan Ampadu, who is the same age as our boys, to go and play at that level and play outstandingly well is a real incentive for them. They have an extra spring in their step because they can see what’s happening above them. That’s the challenge, and it should be a burning ambition for all the players, especially after what’s happened under the last two managers where they’ve both been prepared to put the young players in. The better the boys play, and the quicker they will progress, then they will get opportunities at the higher level.”
The matches at Belle Vue, Rhyl and in Bangor are all ticketless, free entry. Both the group winners and runners-up will advance to next year’s Elite Round. The finals will be held in Armenia in July 2019.
Adam Pryzbek (West Bromwich Albion), George Ratcliffe (Cardiff City), Ryan Reynolds (Cardiff City), Jay Foulston (Newport County), Lewis Collins (Newport County), Morgan Boyes (Liverpool), Neco Williams (Liverpool), Ryan Astley (Everton), Ben Cabango (The New Saints, on loan from Swansea City), Brandon Cooper (Swansea City), Joe Adams (Bury), Brennan Johnson (Nottingham Forest), Luke Jephcott (Plymouth Argyle), Christian Norton (Southampton), Isaak Davies (Cardiff City), Jack Vale (Blackburn Rovers), Dylan Levitt (Manchester United), Ryan Stirk (Birmingham City), Sam Bowen (Cardiff City), Dan Griffiths (Cardiff City).