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Football: Maltese crossed by Wales; Wales U21 3 Malta U21 1.

Byline: By MARK CURRIE

EX-BANGOR CITY man Owain Tudur-Jones was given his first under-21 cap last night as Wales ran out comfortable winners against Malta in Llanelli.

The 20-year old midfield player, now with Swansea City, played out the final 25 minutes of the Stebonheath friendly.

He was one of five debutants as national intermediate teams boss Brian Flynn continued his policy of promoting promising youngsters.

Wales opened the scoring in the 12th minute through Gillingham's Andrew Crofts with a powerful header from an Arron Davies corner and twice more went close.

Maltese keeper Kristian Calleja was saved from embarrassment in the 18th minute when he misjudged a harmless lob from David Cotterill, but defender Ryan Mintoff hooked the ball off the line.

Lively Welsh duo Pritchard, 19, and striker partner Cotterill, who is still only 17, caused the visitors plenty of problems with their strong, direct approach.

Malta went close to an equaliser when Christian Cassar's 20-yard effort was well saved by substitute keeper Lee Worgan.

Wales increased their advantage in the 52nd minute, Pritchard superbly controlling Byron Anthony's 40-yard pass before flicking the ball beyond Malta substitute keeper, Bernard Paris.

Yeovil Town's Davies added a third for Wales on 74 minutes and six minutes later Rod Bajada grabbed a consolation for the visitors
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 17, 2005
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