ABERYSTWYTH Town’s Lee Jenkins is set to lead the Wales Under-18s side out for their second schoolboy international fixture of the Centenary Shield at Park Avenue against Northern Ireland on Thursday evening (ko 7pm).
Cambrian News reported “The impressive 17 year-old, from Aberaeron, captained Wales to an historic 1-0 away win against England at Slough on Friday, and is a key member of Marc Lloyd Williams’ talented squad.
Jenkins was also part of a defence that kept a clean sheet in every fixture at the Caput Mundi Tournament in Rome, including matches against Italy, Greece and Moldova, and was named as Player of the Tournament.
The impressive central defender also represented the Wales Academies Under 18s squad in their recent double-header against Republic of Ireland, alongside his Aberystwyth teammates Alex Pennock and Harri Rowe.
Aberystwyth Town chairman Donald Kane said that it will be an honour for the club to see Jenkins become the latest young Seasider to represent Wales in an international fixture at Park Avenue.
“To captain Wales Schoolboys in the Centenary Shield is a massive achievement, having also won the Player of the Tournament for the team in Rome,” said Kane.
“He’s done very well for the first team at Aberystwyth, including scoring the winner against TNS, even though we have lost him to Wales Schools recently.
“It bodes well for youngsters at the club, there is pressure to bring locals through into the team, and Lee has shown what can be achieved.
“He is 100 per cent committed to every game, and he has shown that he has got huge potential in the game.”
At just 16 years of age, Jenkins signed a two-year contract with the Seasiders last August, having just made his full Welsh Premier League debut against Llandudno.
He went on to memorably score the winning goal in an historic win over full-timers The New Saints, and is now an important member of Aberystwyth’s first team squad.
He also played a pivotal role in the success of Bari Morgan’s Under-19s double-winning squad last season, and the young Seasiders are well on track to make it back-to-back titles in the Welsh Premier Development League (South) this season.
Jenkins is the latest success story for the Aberystwyth Town Academy, with several former players currently playing professionally, including Tom Bradshaw at Millwall, Gwion Edwards at Ipswich Town, Alex Samuel at Wycombe and Rhys Norrington-Davies at Sheffield United.
The club is also delighted that current local player Mathew Jones, a former Shrewsbury Town trainee, has also been selected to represent the Wales C semi-professional squad against England at Salford next week.
“He’s another local boy, who has come into the squad and really impressed,” said Kane. “We are also really delighted to see that he too will be representing Wales.”
Jones is the first recipient of the a Scholarship Agreement between Aberystwyth Town FC and Aberystwyth University, whom he also represents in the BUCS Leagues.
The club also congratulated former Aber Academy player Emlyn Lewis, now playing for Cardiff Met, who has also made the Semi Pro squad, as well as Chris Venables who has had two spells at Aber.
The Wales C clash against England will take place next Tuesday, 19 March, at the home of National League promotion hopefuls Salford” here.