5:57pm Tuesday 15th October 2013
By Iwan Gabe Davies
WALES avenged last month’s shock defeat away to San Marino with a comfortable victory in their Euro 2015 return clash at home in Bangor this afternoon.
Geraint Williams’ side eased past their opponents at the Book People Stadium to build on the impressive 2-0 triumph over Lithuania in the same city on Friday.
An excellent performance saw them put four past San Marino after the tiny republic, surrounded by Italy and with a population of just over 30,000, humbled Wales 1-0 in early September.
Wales were much changed from the team which beat Lithuania last weekend to face the visitors who had arrived in North Wales after being hammered 4-0 by England.
The hosts dominated the opening exchanges and created a hatful of chances but had to wait two minutes before half-time until they made the breakthrough.
The hard-working Newport-born Ellis Harrison from Bristol Rovers scored in his second Wales Under-21s cap after collecting a pass from Charlton Athletic’s Morgan Fox before turning past two men on the edge of the box to get his side off the mark with a low drive just inside the far post.
Manchester United’s Tom Lawrence nearly made it 2-0 after a great run but he fired into the side-netting.
Wales didn’t have to wait long though for their second after a superb shot from captain Swansea City’s Lee Lucas after 50 minutes beat San Marino goalkeeper Massimo Francioni.
Their third came when a long ball over the defence allowed Bristol City’s Wes Burns to out-pace two defenders before slipping the ball home.
Wales added got their final goal six minutes from full-time when Torquay United’s Billy Bodin, son of ex-Wales international and Newport player Paul Bodin, jinked his way through the San Marino defence before thundering past Francioni on his 21st appearance for Wales at this level.
The home side dominated the match to such an extent that the visitors didn’t manage their first shot until the 65th minute when Marco Bernardi’s shot was held by Cheltenham Town’s Connor Roberts.
It was Wales’ biggest win at this level for four years and it ended a good few days which saw them pick up six points in two games.
Their next competitive game is away to England on Wednesday, March 5 next year before they host them in August 2014 and they then travel away to face Finland and Lithuania in September.
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