WREXHAM pair Mike and Marc Williams created their own little bit of history at Llanelli on Tuesday night in becoming the first pair of brothers to make their under-21 international debuts in the same match.
Although disappointed to be on the losing side in a 1-0 friendly defeat at the hands of Northern Ireland, the Racecourse newcomers to Brian Flynn's young Welsh squad welcomed an important milestone in their careers.
And they were delighted that their parents had travelled from Rhos-on-Sea to Stebonheath Park to witness the occasion.
Already this season the brothers have made their Football League debuts with Wrexham and defender Mike, who was steady throughout in difficult conditions on Tuesday, was one of the few new faces to impress.
"It was good to play a full 90 minutes and hope-fully I can push on with this squad and get a few more call-ups," said the 19--year-old.
"But if that doesn't happen soon, I've got time on my side."
Flynn's team face a two-legged play-off with Estonia in May, the winners of which will qualify for a revamped Uefa championship tournament next season, and Mike is hoping to be in contention.
"When we get to the Estonia games I hope to be involved, but if it comes too early for me I've still got a couple years to get back into contention," he added..
"Whatever happens, it's been a big season for Marc and me. We've both made our debuts for Wrexham and mum and dad were in the stand on Tuesday night, so I'm sure they will be feeling very proud again.
"And having got an under-21 cap, there's only big target left to aim for and we all know what that is."
Two years younger than his brother, striker Marc came off the bench for the final five minutes, but said he had not expected much more.
"The gaffer just said to go on and play behind the front two and try and see what I could do, but this week has been more of a learning experience for me," Marc said..
"I'm eligible to play under-21 football for three or four more seasons and I'm prepared to be patient.
"Things are coming very fast for me because, before Christmas, I was playing youth team football and since then I've made my senior debut for Wrexham and I've played for the Wales under-21s."
Former Wrexham boss Flynn was disappointed with the performance and said some of those involved did not enhance their reputations.
"Unfortunately some of them really didn't handle it or enhance their chances of going further and into the senior squad," he said..
"But we won't give up on them or discard them They might not have played well, but we'll most certainly look at them again in the future."
Of Williams, Flynn added: "Mike did okay, he was solid and dependable and he'll be quite pleased with his contribution."
But he admitted strikers Craig Davies, from Verona, and Liverpool's Ramon Calliste were largely ineffective.
"Craig Davies has got the package, but it's a case of getting it open," he said..
"He has all the required essentials, but the sooner he puts them all together the sooner he'll get in the senior squad.
"Ramon's work outside the box was good, but we need him in the box more where it matters and perhaps we weren't good enough to get the best out of them.
"But this was the ideal opportunity to test them, to see how they cope with international football. I was happy with the first 20 minutes, but I've got to be honest, I could not see us scoring."