Hibs forward Ethan Laidlaw scores hat-trick on international debut as Scotland Under-17s edged out by Wales

Hibs youngster Ethan Laidlaw scored a hat-trick on his international debut as Scotland Under-17s were narrowly beaten by Wales.

Ethan Laidlaw hit a debut treble for Scotland on his international debut
Ethan Laidlaw hit a debut treble for Scotland on his international debut

The two nations had played out a 1-1 draw on Thursday with the Easter Road kid an unused sub, but the 16-year-old was given a start up top as manager Brian McLaughlin shuffled his pack for the second friendly at Stirling Albion’s Forthbank Stadium.

Wales took the lead midway through the first half from a Toby Snook penalty before doubling their advantage via an own goal.

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However, Laidlaw reduced the deficit shortly after the half-hour mark and notched his and Scotland’s second ten minutes before the break in an action-packed first half.

Ethan Laidlaw scored a debut hat-trick as Scotland Under-17s narrowly lost to their Welsh counterparts

The teams went in at half-time level but the wee Scots took the lead for the first time early in the second period as Laidlaw completed his hat-trick.

However, Wales squared the game again through Japhet Matondo before Alex Roberts converted a rebound in the closing stages to hand the visitors a 4-3 victory.

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