Jones Makes His Mark in a Tempestuous Friendly

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Jones Makes His Mark in a Tempestuous Friendly


Byline: By Paul Walker Western Mail

Mark jones grabbed his first goal for Wales U21s amid the mayhem of their draw with a hot-headed Cyprus side, and staked his claim for a senior call-up.

The Wrexham midfielder followed up his stunning 35-yard goal against Oxford on Saturday with a six-yard effort to keep Wales in the 3-3 draw in Paphos.

But local referee Loizos Trattos lost complete control of a rowdy friendly that saw 12 yellow cards and a sending-off for Jones' club-mate Matty Crowell just 60 seconds after coming on as a second-half substitute.

But amid all the chaos - in which goalscorer David Cotterill was allegedly head-butted and punched in separate incidents without any action from the referee - Jones stood out as the best player on the pitch.

He has had one call-up as an unused substitute for John Toshack's side in a friendly against Slovenia in August, but it should not be long before he is elevated to the seniors.

The 21-year-old said, 'Obviously I was delighted with my first goal for Wales, it's been a pretty good few days for me.

'It was a rough game but from my point of view I was delighted. Andrew Crofts did really well out on the line to beat players and get a cross in. It was pulled back to me and it bounced nicely for me to hit it first time with my left foot.

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