RYAN Astley captained Wales to a 2-0 win over Gibraltar in their final UEFA U21 European Championship in Llanelli this week.

The Llanfair Caereinion starlet is one of the emerging stars at English Premier League strugglers Everton while also a future prospect for Wales.

An early goal by Joe Adams followed by a second-half Oliver Hammond strike gave Paul Bodin’s side an impressive victory in their final UEFA U21 European Championship qualification campaign tie.

The three points mean Wales jumped above Bulgaria into fourth place in their qualifying group.

It took Wales only 30 seconds to take the lead as intricate play between Rhys Hughes and Fin Stevens led to Adams volleying home.

County Times: Cymru U21 v Gibraltar U21 - 13/06/22. Pic by Ashley Crowden/FAW

Ryan Astley in action against Gibraltar. Picture by Ashley Crowden/FAW.

Wales doubled their lead through Hammond after good work by Adams

Wales came close to finding their third again as substitute Luca Hoole found the head of Luke Jephcott who nodded wide.

Astley marshalled the home defence and ensured a winning end to the campaign and boost his hopes of a senior team call up.

Astley saidL "It was a huge honour to captain the team against Gibraltar and something I will never forget and of course I was glad to get the win."