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Wales make winning start to 2015 qualifying

Published: Friday 22 March 2013, 21.58CET
Wales 1-0 Moldova
Manchester United FC's Tom Lawrence struck the first goal of 2015 Under-21 qualifying as Wales earned a narrow win in Llanelli.
by Miron Goihman
from Parc Y Scarlets
Wales make winning start to 2015 qualifying
Wales captain Lee Lucas (right) surges past Ion Prodan ©Football Association of Wales

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Published: Friday 22 March 2013, 21.58CET

Wales make winning start to 2015 qualifying

Wales 1-0 Moldova
Manchester United FC's Tom Lawrence struck the first goal of 2015 Under-21 qualifying as Wales earned a narrow win in Llanelli.

A first-half volley from Manchester United FC striker Tom Lawrence earned Wales a narrow win against Moldova in the opening game of 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying.

Lawrence struck after ten minutes to raise spirits on a bitterly cold night in Llanelli. It set the tone for a game the home side were always in control of without ever managing to put the game to bed. Moldova could not conjure a reply, however, their hopes of finding a way back into it fading further when Constantin Bogdan received a second yellow card 18 minutes from time.

In between the chances had all gone to Wales, Emyr Hughes and Joe Walsh going close while Rob Ogleby had a goal ruled out for offside. It was Wales' first win in over a year at this level and, as the first match on the road to the Czech Republic finals in 2015, leaves them top of the nascent Group 1. The likes of England and Finland may prove harder assignments over the next 18 months.

Last updated: 09/05/13 11.43CET

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Lineups

Wales

Wales

Moldova

Moldova

1
WardDanny Ward (GK)
1
KoşelevAlexei Koşelev (GK)
2
FreemanKieron Freeman
2
ProdanIon Prodan
3
MeadesJonathan Meades
3
Focşa Maxim Focşa
4
LucasLee Lucas (C)
4
BogdanConstantin Bogdan
Yellow Card62
Red Card72
5
TancockScott Tancock
5
V. JardanVasile Jardan
6
WalshJoseph Walsh
6
SolominAlexei Solomin
7
BurnsWesley Burns
7
ZasavitchiEugen Zasavitchi (C)
8
HuwsEmyr Huws
8
RaţăVadim Raţă
Yellow Card20
9
CassidyJake Cassidy
Substitution46
9
AntonGheorghe Anton
Substitution90+3
10
LawrenceTom Lawrence
Goal10
10
CarpCătălin Carp
Yellow Card63
Substitution74
11
BodinBilly Bodin
16
DimaIgor Dima
Substitution70

Substitutes

12
RobertsConnor Roberts (GK)
12
SamsonStanislav Samson (GK)
13
NicholsonAlex Nicholson
11
MilinceanuNicolae Milinceanu
14
WhartonTheo Wharton
13
ȚurcanConstantin Țurcan
Substitution74
15
RayGeorge Ray
14
TironValeriu Tiron
16
ThompsonLouis Thompson
15
ŞvedulEvgheni Şvedul
Substitution70
17
HarrisonEllis Harrison
17
MateiSergiu Matei
Substitution90+3
18
OglebyRobert Ogleby
Substitution46
Yellow Card86
18
MîrzaIurie Mîrza

Coach

Geraint Williams (WAL) Alexandru Curteian (MDA)

Referee

Gunnar Jarl Jónsson (ISL)

Assistant referees

Frosti Vidar Gunnarsson (ISL), Gylfi Mar Sigurdsson (ISL)

Fourth official

Vilhjalmur Thorarinsson (ISL)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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