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George Thomas nets brace in Wales U21s victory

7 September 2018

Iron forward George Thomas netted twice as Wales' Under-21s beat Liechtenstein's Under-21s 2-1 at the VSM Stadium in Bangor on Friday evening.

The Leicester City loanee has been away on international duty with the Young Dragons all week and started in the first of their two UEFA U21 Championship Qualifiers in Group Eight.

The 21-year-old becomes the eleventh player to be capped at an Under-21 level while with the Iron and the first for Wales. Eight previous Under-21s players capped while with Scunthorpe played for the Republic of Ireland - Anthony Forde, Michael Timlin, Eddie Nolan, Shane Duffy, Niall Canavan, Andy Keogh, Ian Morris and Cliff Byrne. Meanwhile Abdisalam Ibrahim (Norway) and Oliver Norwood (Northern Ireland) have also represented their country at that level while with the club.

Thomas struck the first goal inside seven minutes before doubling his and his country's tally after 18 minutes when he met a drilled cross from Rabbi Matondo.

The side, managed by Rob Page, thought they'd netted a third shortly after, but it was ruled out for offside, while Thomas could've completed his hat-trick shortly before the hour-mark, but his curled effort sailed just over the crossbar.

With 13 minutes left to play, Lukas Graber halved the deficit, finding the top corner of the net from outside the penalty area, but the hosts held on for all three points.

The side end their seventh wave of fixtures in fourth place in the division with ten points. They play their next fixture on Tuesday, September 11th at home to Portugal's Under-21s.

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