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International Eagles: Welsh Quartet In Action

5 June 2014

A quartet of Crystal Palace stars could not prevent Wales from going down 2-0 in a friendly against the Netherlands last night.

Wayne Hennessey, Joe Ledley, Jonny Williams and the out-going Danny Gabbidon all started for Chris Coleman’s side at the Amsterdam ArenA, but were unable to help pull off a shock result against the 2010 World Cup runners-up. 

The Welsh were without star men Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey for the glamour fixture and fell behind in the 32nd minute as former Chelsea winger Arjen Robben fired the hosts in front.

Ledley was replaced just after the hour mark, with Williams making way 10 minutes later with the score still at 1-0, but the Dutch wrapped up victory with 14 minutes to go when Robben turned provider for Jeremain Lens to make it 2-0.

Closer to home, defender Adrian Mariappa pulled on the Jamaican jersey for the 17th time as his country took on Egypt at Leyton Orient’s Matchroom Stadium. 

In an entertaining encounter, Mohamed El-Nenny put the African nation in front after just five minutes, but the Reggae Boyz responded well, as goals from Simon Dawkins and Joel Grant saw them turn the game on its head before half time. 

However Egypt earned a share of the spoils when Chelsea midfielder Mohamed Salah’s cross was headed home by substitute Bassin Morsi for 2-2.

Mariappa and Jamaica can now look forward to a friendly against World Cup qualifiers France on Sunday 8th June. 

Wales meanwhile are not back in action until September, when they kick off their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign in Andorra. 

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