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Scotland bounce back from England defeat with 5-1 rout in Wales

Wales Schoolboys 1

Saunders 18

Scotland Schoolboys 5

Reilly 9, Glass 13, Banner 28, Brown 33, Bollan 46
  • Friday, 17 March 2017
  • Newtown
  • Under 18´s
  • Centenary Shield

After losing their Centenary Shield opener to England, Scotland ran out emphatic winners at Newtown with a 5-1 victory over Wales. 

The home side kicked off in stormy conditions, however were immediately placed on the back foot by a Scotland side out to prove themselves after a disappointing result against current holders England.

Five different scorers found the net for the away side to cap off an impressive and much-needed victory. The side dominated both halves as they aim for an elusive Centenary Shield, having last won the competition outright in 2000.

As the wind and rain continued to fall in the opening stages of a frantic affair, Calvin McGrory was unfazed as he lobbed an excellent through ball into the path of Declan Glass. Glass, reaching the ball and gathering under control, then ventured on an excellent run as he twisted and turned past a worrying Wales defence. Glass eased past two defenders with clever feet and forced a good save from Jack Atkinson in the Wales net. The home side's number one however could only parry the ball to the feet of the well positioned Matthew Reilly, who did well to finish from a tight angle to provide the first goal of the game.

Less than five minutes later a quick free-kick at the back caught Wales out, with the ball finding the feet of Glass once again. The dangerous attacker turned sharply before running at the Wales defence, and on this occasion his efforts paid off as his 25-yard strike found the bottom corner. 

Five minutes later however the home side were right back in it, when Callum Saunders whipped in a dangerous free-kick from well outside the box. The number 8's left-footed strike somehow evaded both sets of players and rolled into the bottom corner past a helpless Ross Connelly in the Scotland net. Wales now found themselves on the front foot as they pushed for an equaliser, which almost arrived through Keane Watts, whose header went narrowly wide after excellent build up play in the Welsh midfield.

Just before the half hour mark however the Scots dented any hopes of a Welsh comeback as Captain Kyle Banner's effort squeezed under Atkinson and into the back of the net. The away side bagged their fourth just minutes later when the impressive Euan O'Reilly once again proved his ability with a dangerous attack down the right. The winger's fantastic composure and low cross found the feet of Adam Brown, who controlled with ease and turned expertly before firing into the gaping goal.

  • Half Time:
  • Wales Schoolboys
  • 1-4
  • Scotland Schoolboys

The second half began much like the first ended, with the away side in control as they aimed to see out the match as victors. They piled the misery on Wales not long after the break, with Glass once again at the centre of the action. His whipped long-range delivery landed perfectly in front of the arriving Luc Bollan, whose powerful header looped over the stranded Atkinson. 

O'Reilly threatened yet again down the right hand side, with the winger's cross finding the oncoming Cameron Ballantyne, who may possibly feel that he should have done better. 

The home side had chances of their own to lessen the unflattering scoreline, although the Scots comfortably controlled the encounter and arguably could have added more goals to their tally.

The Welsh side ran out 1-0 victors in the last meeting between the sides at Inverurie, but the Scots were in no such danger of a repeat this time around. Scotland now have a ten day break to prepare for a tough test against Northern Ireland in Belfast, before hosting the Republic of Ireland in Renfrew a week later.

  • Full Time:
  • Wales Schoolboys
  • 1-5
  • Scotland Schoolboys


Wales Schoolboys
Scotland Schoolboys
1. Jack Atkinson
2. Kieran Davies
3. Harri Hughes
4. Kurtis Rees
5. Keane Royall
6. Cam Thomas
7. Daniel Williams
8. Callum Saunders
9. Conor Harwood
10. Cameron Keetch
11. Owain Jones
12. Liam Testino-Lee
13. Iwan Roberts
14. Keane Watts
15. George Coulton
17. Sam Richards
18. Liam Snowden
1. Ross Connelly
2. Kyle Banner
3. Adam Kirkwood
4. Luc Bollan
5. Nathan Brown
6. Calvin McGrory
7. Euan O'Reilly
8. Cameron Ballantyne
9. Adam Brown
10. Declan Glass
11. Matthew Reilly
12. Ronan Fallens
14. John Kelly
15. Jamie Chapman
16. Robbie Bruce
17. Kieran Sweeney
18. Cieran Dunne
Star Player
Wales Schoolboys
Scotland Schoolboys
Callum Saunders provided the only goal for the home side as they aimed to get back into the game.
Declan Glass provided impressive assists for his teammates, while also getting on the score sheet himself.
Magic Moment
Wales Schoolboys
Scotland Schoolboys
Saunders stepped up to take a smart free-kick which found the bottom corner of the net, inspiring his team to improve.
Glass produced a smart turn before unleashing an unstoppable strike for the away side's second of the match.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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