International debut for Cian
Congratulations to Cian Tyler who made his international debut for Wales U16 at the recent UEFA Development tournament held in Agrinion, Greece over half-term.
The Welsh national team played matches against Russia, Slovakia and their Greek hosts eventually finishing second in the group after securing two hard fought victories.
Cian played the first half of the match against Greece which was a tense affair with Wales under pressure right from the start. Despite at times some desperate defending Wales were somewhat unfortunate to go into half-time one down. The constant pressure from Greece continued throughout the second half and the hosts eventually ran out deserving winners at 2-0.
Wales regrouped and organised themselves much better for the second match against Russia. Cian not only played the full game but also kept a clean sheet enabling Wales to claim their first victory following a goal by Swansea City’s Will Rickard.
Rob Page, the Wales manager was particularly pleased and said “Credit to the players, they’ve reacted in such a positive way after the opening defeat and they thoroughly deserved the win.”
Cian was on the bench for the third match against Slovakia where Wales secured a 2-1 victory with goals from Will Rickard and Josh Thomas, also from Swansea City.
Cian said “This was a great week away with the lads and another fantastic international experience, I really enjoyed it. It is tough and challenging to test yourself against different footballing styles but I think we did really well over the week. The challenge now is to try and maintain my form to the end of the season whilst of course, still working hard for my GCSEs!”
Rob Page commented “It’s an opportunity to see what could come in to the U17s and to keep them playing the Welsh Way. The Development Tournament is an environment very similar to the elite group qualifiers which the players must get used to. The quick turnaround in games replicates what is expected from the players.”
Cian hopes to continue to be selected for the squad ready for this year's UEFA U17 Championship qualifiers in Portugal in October, where Wales have been placed alongside hosts Portugal, Kazakhstan and Belarus.