Young Porthcawl player receives his first Cup

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

By GEM Community Correspondent

in Football

Brandon Cooper was delighted to mark his Wales debut with a brace of goals to help Wales to the ‘Elite’ round of the UEFA under-17 European Championships.

This performance secured his place in Wales’ under-16 team and he was presented with his first international cap.

Brandon has continued his compelling rise to prominence with a successful Victory Shield under-16 campaign, helping Wales retain the Victory shield and scoring against Scotland.

Brandon, centre back for Swansea City and currently playing for Wales under-16 was called up to represent Wales under-17s only hoping to make the bench, yet he played in all three group games and scored his first international goal after just four minutes on the pitch against the Netherlands.

The Netherlands managed to score to make it 1-1. However, Wales re-grouped, and with 10 minutes left to play before full-time whistle, Brandon again found the back of the net to secure Wales a place in the Euro Elite rounds with a 2-1 win over the Netherlands.

Brandon, now 16, said: “What an International debut. “I played the best game of my life there.”

Celebrating his success with the under-17s in the UEFA qualifiers, Brandon re-joined the under-16s later that month to score his third international goal against Scotland in the Victory Shield. Wales are now back-to-back winners of this prestigious competition for the first time in its history.

Brandon is keen to help Wales and the rest of his team mates to qualify for the finals of the UEFA under-17s this September in Portugal, which start the qualifying group stages against Malta, Scotland and Portugal.

Brandon’s parents said: “We are not surprised with the way Brandon played. He always gives his best both for Swansea City and Wales. Brandon joined the Swans at the age of seven years old and recently signed his youth scholarship with the academy.

“Nothing changes in respect of his continued hard work and his commitment, we are delighted that he’s received such praise.

“There’s still a lot more football to be played to achieve Brandon’s aim and fulfil his dream of becoming a professional player and playing for the first team”.

Brandon was presented with his Wales cap by the Football Association of Wales at the Celtic Manor Resort by Chris Coleman and the Liverpool and Wales legend Ian Rush.

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