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Football: Flintshire dup help Wales U17s to a draw against Sweden in Buckley

CURTIS Strong and Bradley Reid turned out on home soil for Wales Under 17s as they drew 2-2 with Sweden on Tuesday night.

Wrexham academy player Reid, of Eryrys, and Stoke City’s Strong, of Flint, both made valuable contributions to the Welsh cause in the match played at Buckley Town’s Globe Way ground – with Strong in the starting line-up.

Wales took the lead after seven minutes when Cardiff City’s Tom O’Sullivan stroked the ball home.

Almost instantly Sweden equalised through a close-range strike from Christian Koukaou.

Wales were under pressure once more and the Swedes made it 2-1 thanks to a Philip Olofsson effort.

The final goal of the game came after 15 minutes when Declan John of Cardiff City scored Wales’s equaliser.

After that, the pace began to settle and the remainder of the game passed without further goals.

Reid did come on as a substitute in the second half but was unable to turn the game in Wales’s favour in front of 200 spectators.

The teams meet again tonight (Thursday) at Flint’s Cae-y-Castell ground and fans are welcome to attend. Admission is free.