INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY – Wales U21s began a two-game friendly double header against Albania with a 2-1 defeat in Tirana this afternoon.
Tom Pugh pulled a late goal back to halve Albania’s 2-0 lead, but it proved to be a mere consolation for Rob Page’s team.
Despite an encouraging first-half display, Wales found themselves trailing just three minutes after the restart when Chelsea prospect Roni Broja broke the deadlock.
Broja added his second on the hour mark to extend Albania’s lead before Pugh – initially named among the stand-by listadded his second on the hour mark to extend Albania’s before Pugh – scored with ten minutes remaining.
Jack Evans, diagnosed with cancer less than a year ago, was named in the Welsh starting line-up along with recently released Manchester United midfielder Regan Poole.
The two sides will face each other again at 2pm, Tuesday at Niko Dovana Stadium, Durres.