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BGC Wales 19’s come from behind to beat CYP Scotland

CYP Scotland 1

Martin 39

BGC Wales 2

D. Jones 46, A. Jones 60
  • Sunday, 03 May 2015
  • Station Park
  • Under 19´s
  • International Challenge Match

Alasdair Hooper | YFS Dundee Senior Reporter
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In the third and final match at Forfar’s Station Park it was time for the BGC Wales and CYP Scotland under 19 teams to do battle. Once again the weather conditions were far from decent but that did not stop the players putting in huge amounts of effort and dishing up a tantalizing affair.

Scotland’s Patrick Martin had originally put his team 1-0 up before the break, but second half goals from Wales’ Daniel Jones and Alfie Jones ensured that the Welsh left Forfar with wins across all three age groups.    

The game took a while to get going as both teams were momentarily ushered off the pitch by the officials following a horrid looking head injury to Scotland’s Liam Harper. Everyone hopes that he recovers well and is back on a football pitch soon.

Once play restarted the first opportunity came about on the sixth minute. Scotland’s Jack Wilson stepped up to take a free kick and went straight for goal. The ball was claimed well by Wales keeper Sam Hill.

Wales had to wait 15 minutes before they had their first opportunity at goal, also via a free-kick. Shay Jones was the man to step up and he looked to bend his effort into the top left hand corner but Scotland’s Caelan Flynn was on hand to claim the ball.

In the 22nd minute, Wilson came close again for Scotland. The midfielder unleashed a speculative looking strike from an improbable range, but the ball clipped the post and bounced out of play for a goal kick, much to the relief of the Welsh.

On the half hour mark, Shay Jones was afforded another chance to take a shot at goal from a free kick. The number six stepped up once again but fired his shot onto the roof of the net.

Five minutes later Patrick Martin picked up possession of the ball inside the Welsh penalty area. He managed to create an opening for himself but could only shoot into the side netting.

Six minutes prior to half time Scotland seized control of the game by taking the lead. Martin broke free from the Welsh defensive shackles and found himself one-on-one with the keeper Rhys Fisher. Martin coolly slotted the ball past Fisher and, despite the Welsh goalie getting a touch to it, it dribbled into the net to put the Scots 1-0 up. Despite Wales’ attempts this is how it stayed for the remainder of the half.

  • Half Time:
  • CYP Scotland
  • 1-0
  • BGC Wales

Whatever was said in the Welsh dressing room at half time, it worked perfectly. In the first minute of the second period Wales were back level through Daniel Jones. The number 10 was lurking in the box and managed to put away a left wing cross with a superb diving header. The game was well and truly on now.

With both sides vying for control of the play it was Wales who struck the next blow. On the hour mark they went 2-1 up courtesy of one of the four Jones’, Alfie. The wide man picked up the ball on the corner of the penalty area and, with the outside of his left foot, he hammered an incredible strike straight at goal. The ball dipped and swerved its way towards the target, leaving goalie Matthew Nelson unable to determine a flight path, before hitting the back of the net. What a way to take the lead.

In the 72nd minute Dylan Llewellyn came close when he struck a free kick straight at goal. The ball was saved and well held by Caelan Flynn.

Shortly after Patrick Martin did his upmost to try and bring Scotland level. Unfortunately his effort flew high and wide of the intended destination.

For the remaining minutes of the game Wales successfully nullified Scotland’s attacks. With a couple of extra half-chances themselves they played out the final moments in a truly professional manner. Once the final whistle went they could afford to celebrate matching the feats of their under 15 and under 17 sides in Forfar. Once again it was a closely matched game between the two nations but Wales were just that bit stronger and gained the win because of that. Scotland can take plenty of positives from the day and will look to build on a promising platform that they have. The day, however, belongs to the Welsh. They came to Forfar and they conquered.   

  • Full Time:
  • CYP Scotland
  • 1-2
  • BGC Wales

Lineups

CYP Scotland
BGC Wales
1. Matthew Nelson
1. Caelan Flynn
2. Reece Tippett
3. Luke Fleming
4. John Dye
5. Bradie Heggie
6. Liam Harper
7. Raymond Crichton
8. Ryan Murphy
9. Patrick Martin
10. Lee Maloney
11. Dylan Cook
12. Daniel Roberts
14. Owen McCabe
15. Adam Houston
16. Jack Wilson
1. Sam Hill
2. Billy Borge
3. Corey Young
4. Lewis Jones
5. Kristian Evans
6. Shay Jones
7. Matthew Ellis
8. Oliver Holt-Larsen
9. Joshua Webber
10. Daniel Jones
11. Dylan Llewellyn
12. Alfie Jones
14. Corey Tristram
15. Davies
16. Corey Evans
17. Rhys Fisher
Star Player
CYP Scotland
BGC Wales
Patrick Martin – Looked lively throughout and scored his side’s goal. Was the biggest problem for the welsh defence throughout the game.
Alfie Jones – Strong play down the left for Wales and a spectacular winning goal to go along with it.
Magic Moment
CYP Scotland
BGC Wales
Patrick Martin’s goal – Some nice build up play and great movement to break free from the Welsh defence
Alfie Jones’ goal – Has to be doesn’t it? We are forever hearing from pundits how that little bit of quality, or magic, can settle closely matched games. This was that piece of quality.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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