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Cyprus Under 21 v Wales Under-21 - friendly match. - 15 November 2005.



Cyprus (2) 3 Wales (2) 3
Pavlou 16, 36, Eleftheriou 90 Jones 31, Cotterill 40,  Efthimiou90 (OG)
Mark Pritchard celebrating Wales' second goal - Photo - Gareth Hughes

Brain Flynnís side drew 3-3 against Cyprus Under-21 in Paphos this afternoon. A very young and inexperienced side at this level started the game with two new caps in goalkeeper Sam Pearce (Bristol City) and right back Rhys Powell (Bolton).

A first half double strike from Kyriakos Pavlou gave the home side the lead twice, but Wales fought back with goals from Mark Jones and David Cotterill after 31 and 40 minutes.

In the second half the visitors were down to 10-men after 55 minutes after substitute midfielder Matthew Crowell was sent off for serious foul play. Cyprus took the lead very late on with a goal from Giorgos Eleftheriou, but Flynnís side equalised in the closing seconds with a own goal from Yiannis Efthimiou, his clearance looping over the home keeper to earn Walesí a draw.

Wales team line up.
Pearce (Letheren 75), Powell (Crowell 52), Spender, Jacobson (James 75), Nyatanga, Davies (Anthony 52), Pulis (Wiggins 52), Crofts, Jones, Calliste (Pritchard 60), Cotterill. .

"It was a really strange game. At half-time nobody had even noticed the referee, but after the break he just took over with all sorts of silly decisions. He even booked one of our players when he was head-butted, which is an amazing decision by any standards. I thought Matthew Crowell's tackle was fair, I had a good view of it. But the red card was out and the game restarted with a free-kick for us, that said it all. Our performance was poor [in the] first half, but the second was better. Cotterill was excellent, he scored a fine goal while Mark Jones was the best player on the pitch. It was all part of their education for when they get into in the senior squad, they will not have to play too many games like that."  - Brian Flynn taken from BBC Sport

 - Squad List - Squad update: Cyprus. - update 12.11.2005 




Kyle Letheren

Swansea City

Sam Pearce

Bristol City

Simon Spender


Adam Davies

Cambridge United

Lewin Nyatanga

Derby County

Rhoys Wiggins

Crystal Palace

Joe Jacobson

Cardiff City

Byron Anthony

Cardiff City

Adam Birchall

Mansfield Town

Mark Jones


Owain Tudur Jones

Swansea City

Andrew Crofts


Anthony Pulis

Stoke City

Ramon Calliste


David Cotterill

Bristol City

Mark Pritchard

Swansea City

Rhys Powell

Bolton Wanderers

Joe Ledley

Cardiff City



Stand By Players (not to travel at present)



Stuart Fleetwood

Cardiff City

Lloyd James


Dale Williams

Yeovil Town

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