Trinidad and Tobago’s Senior Men had their hearts broken as Wales got a 93rd minute winner from Liverpool’s Ben Woodrum to give the hosts a late 1-0 victory before a packed Racecourse in Wrexham on Wednesday night.
It was a cruel way for T&T to finish the match after the held their own for most of the match and should have gone ahead in the second half.
In terms of chances, Tyler Roberts saw his header saved and Lee Evans hit over when found by Ryan Hedges. George Thomas drilled a low shot wide and had another effort from range pushed round the post.
But it was actually Trinidad and Tobago who created the best opening. A poor throw by goalkeeper Adam Davies allowed Willis Plaza to find Levi Garcia and he checked back to square to Aubrey David, whose finish was heading in until Chris Gunter cleared off the line.
Wales had a goal correctly ruled out for offside when Thomas headed in a flicked pass by Hedges and Will Vaulks went close with a firm strike.
There were a few tasty tackles in the game, the meatiest being Evans on Leston Paul. Evans was shown a yellow card when his studs down shin foul could easily have warranted a red.
Rabbi Matondo, Schalke’s signing from Manchester City, was introduced in the second half and looked lively. Before Woodburn gave Giggs his fourth victory in 10 games in charge. Now the real action begins.
Joining Bale in watching from the stands were regulars Allen, Davies, Wayne Hennessey, and David Brooks. Chris Mepham and Dan James also had their feet up and should start on Sunday. Ramsey was rested due to a thigh issue. Connor Roberts and Harry Wilson remained on the bench throughout.
Trinidad and Tobago 1.Marvin Phillip (GK); 2.Aubrey David, 4.Sheldon Bateau, 5.Daneil Cyrus, 18.Triston Hodge; 19.Kevan George, 23.Leston Paul (15.Neveal Hackshaw 80), 8.Khaleem Hyland (captain); 13.Nathan Lewis, 9.Willis Plaza (7.Cordell Cato 46).10.Levi Garcia (11.Lester Peltier 60);
Unused substitutes: 21.Nicklas Frenderup (GK), 22.Adrian Foncette (GK), 6.Carlyle Mitchell, 12.Ross Russell Jr, 14.Akeem Humphrey, 16.Alvin Jones, 17.Mekeil Williams, 20.Duane Muckette.
Coach: Dennis Lawrence.
Wales (3-4-3): 1.Danny Ward (GK) (21.Adam Davies [GK]); 6.Ashley Williams (captain) (15.James Lawrence 61), 4.Paul Dummett (13.Declan John 61), 14.Ryan Hedges; 2.Chris Gunter, 16.Lee Evans, 7.Will Vaulks, 3.Neil Taylor; 10.Ben Woodburn, 9.Tyler Roberts (17.Rabbi Matondo 71), 11.George Thomas.
Unused substitutes: 8.Matthew Smith, 18.Connor Roberts, 19.Harry Wilson.
Coach: Ryan Giggs.