A TENSE PENARTH SEES WALES SUCCUMB TO PORTUGAL

A pensive and tense crowd in the Railway Pub watch the screens as the score stays stubbornly a 0-0

A pensive and tense crowd in the Railway Pub watch the screens as the score stays stubbornly at 0-0 for the first half.

The streets of Penarth were virtually deserted tonight as Wales took on Portugal in the semi-finals of  Euro 2016.

The atmosphere in the Penarth pubs, where the game was being shown on big tv screens  the prevailing mood was notably more subdued than had been during Wales’s celebrated encounter with Belgium last week.

Welsh flags were everywhere - but somehow many fans found it easier just not to watch the big screens

Welsh flags were everywhere – but somehow many fans found it was better just not to watch the big screens as they waited stoically for the Wales goal that – alas –  never came

In The Railway pub there was a tense atmosphere almost from the start of the game. In the bar, a packed capacity crowd stood to watch the match .

They cheered every time there seemed a chance of a Welsh advantage – but for the most part people stood quietly, thoughtfully sipping pints as the scoreline stayed stubbornly at Nil – Nil .

In the Beer Garden of the Railway pub customers waited for that Welsh goal ... and waited

In the Beer Garden of the Railway pub customers waited for that Welsh goal … and waited

Somehow the crowd seemed to have a sixth sense that – despite all their hopes – this might not turn out to be Wales’s night … and they were right .

After a first half with a blank scoresheet, two goals within  180 seconds from Portugal sealed the outcome of the match .

In the 58th minute manager Chris Coleman put on Sam Vokes in place of Penarth’s Joe Ledley in a bid to refresh the Wales attack . Despite all the fervent hoping  and – no doubt – praying on the part of the Welsh spectators, however,  the Portuguese defence proved impregnable. It was a defeat Wales did not deserve.

Gareth Bale – famous, not least, for playing football on Penarth Pier – said “We’re massively disappointed but we’ve got to be proud of ourselves. We’ve given everything. We tried to enjoy the experience. We want to thank the fans, who have been incredible. We tried our hardest and we’re sorry we couldn’t get to the final. They shut up shop quite well. We have no regrets. We have to be proud of what we’ve achieved.”

Although Wales are out of the tournament  the performances of the Welsh team and the fine behaviour of their fans has taken football in Wales to a new level – and bodes well for many seasons to come.

 

 

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3 Responses to A TENSE PENARTH SEES WALES SUCCUMB TO PORTUGAL

  1. jeffrey dyer says:

    Last time I was there it was the Railway Hotel.

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