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Danny Byrnes Returns From Wales Duty

4 April 2014

Latics youth team player Danny Byrnes has returned from Wales Under 17 duty after competing in the European Championship Elite Round in Russia.

With temperatures below freezing, Byrnes' Wales side unfortunately lost every game of the tournament, without scoring a goal.

The youngster played the full 90 minutes in Wales' 1-0 defeat to Switzerland in the opening game. He made a substitute appearance in the defeat to Spain, whilst he played half an hour in his side's 2-0 defeat to hosts, Russia. 

Speaking about his experience, the Latics left winger said: "It was a great experience. On a different week we would probably have won all three games. The first two games we lost in the last five minutes and that's what really killed us off.

"It was tough playing against some of the players other countries have. You can tell they have good quality as they play a different style of play to what we play on a Saturday so it makes you adapt to it more."

The conditions proved to be a massive hindrance to the youngster as he explains: "The coldest was about -13, whilst the warmest was two degrees. The last game was supposed to be a 7pm kick off, but during the day, temperatures were -14 degrees so they had to change all the schedule so that hampered us a lot."

With little games of the youth team season remaining, Byrnes wants to finish the season as strongly as possible. "I'm looking forward to getting my head down and finishing the season on a high," outlined the youngster.

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