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Westdyke travel to Malta and beat national team

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Walker 62

Malta National Team 0

  • Friday, 01 June 2018
  • Centenary Stadium, Ta’ Qali, Malta
  • Under 17´s
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David Reid | YFS North Region Journalist
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Westdyke Under 17s travelled to Malta last week fresh from winning the domestic double and narrowly missing out on the league. They travelled to take on Malta U17’s national team in a pre-arranged end of season friendly in Malta, arranged through the team management Dave McGinlay, Ian Cocker and Peter Rankine.

All the players knew they would have to play to a high standard to get anything from the match!

The match would be played over three periods of 25 minutes at the request of the Malta management. This suited Westdyke due to the hot conditions and the players not being fully adjusted to the hot climate.

The first period started with Westdyke imposing themselves from the first whistle. Pressing and closing the Malta players down stopping them passing the ball around the pitch.

The central midfield pairing of Dylan Grimbley and Rory Brown where strong, breaking down and winning the midfield play, creating opportunities for the forwards and wing players of Westdyke.

Alex Quantrill and Blair McKenzie where a match for the speed and technical ability of the Malta wing players, making creative runs down the wings and defending dangerous attacking play from the Malta wing players. Westdyke in possession where dangerous and creating more opportunities on goal.

Greig Cowie constantly a threat and a harassment to the Malta defence hit the crossbar. The best chance was Euan Walker going through after a Malta defender slipped and he rounded the goalkeeper but the ball had to much pace and went behind for a goal kick. Malta had a good chance to score ruled offside but Westdyke had been the dominant team in the first period.

  • Half Time:
  • Westdyke CC
  • 0-0
  • Malta National Team

Malta changed there whole team for the second period. Westdyke made three changes after the first period bringing on Nathan Rankine, Max McGinlay and Josh Duncan for Dylan Grimbley, Euan Walker and Blair McKenzie.

Malta started the match strongly and tried to impose themselves back into the game. The Westdyke players continued to press and close the Malta players down, Nathan Rankine in midfield was frustrating the Malta players, stopping them playing and playing creative balls to the forward players. The central defence pairing of Finlay Wood and Reece Taylor where excellent in containing any threats from Malta.

They played with composure and made defending look simple. Kris Cocker and Stuart Gilmour, Westdyke's left back and right back, were solid and comfortable in defending and supporting the central defenders. Westdyke like to play from the back and Cocker and Gilmour took advantage of the space allowed by Malta by bringing the ball forward and starting Westdyke’s attacking.

Malta made a dangerous attack late in the second period and shot at the Westdyke goal but the Westdyke goalie Jamie Butler who had not had to make any meaningful saves in the match stopped a certain close range goal with his foot. Westdyke did not create any meaningful chances but where awarded several free kicks but where unable to take advantage. The second period ended with no team dominating the play. Westdyke had everything to play for in the final period.

Malta made changes to their team again. Westdyke substituted Rory Brown, Grieg Cowie and Stuart Gilmour and Dylan Grimbley, Euan Walker and Blair McKenzie where back on for Westdyke. Westdyke started positively and again continued to press the Malta team. This tactic was working well for the Westdyke team and limiting Malta attacking play.

Max McGinlay ever a threat lost his defender and shot at goal but the Malta goalkeeper made a comfortable save. Josh Duncan was having a great battle on the left wing with a very good Malta winger, going passed him and taking on two other defenders but his attempted shot was blocked by another defender.

Malta chances where limited but the Westdyke goalkeeper was commanding in his area. On the 12th minute mark in the third period,  McGinlay under pressure from two defenders played a great through ball to Walker who took one touch and struck the ball from outside the box. The goalkeeper had no chance and the ball hit the back of the net. The Westdyke players celebrated the goal in style! The momentum of the match was with the Westdyke team and they sensed victory.

Westdyke continued to command the play but with eight minutes to go Walker suffered a knee injury and was replaced by Cowie. An injured Ian Chalmers was given five minutes on the right wing replacing Blair McKenzie.

The Westdyke coaches wanted Chalmers to take some part in this event and Chalmers worked hard and played as if he was not injured to the end of the match. The referee blew the final whistle and Westdyke secured a famous victory for a local boys team from Aberdeen against the National team of Malta.

  • Full Time:
  • Westdyke CC
  • 0-1
  • Malta National Team


Westdyke CC
Malta National Team
Jamie Butler (GK)
Stuart Gilmour
Reece Taylor
Finlay Wood
Kris Cocker
Dylan Grimbley
Rory Brown
Nathan Rankine
Alex Quantrill
Ian Chalmers
Blair McKenzie
Josh Duncan
Euan Walker (C)
Greig Cowie
Max McGinlay
Star Player
Westdyke CC
Malta National Team
All the team! Westdyke CC Under 17s deserve lots of credit for travelling to Malta and recording a victory over the national team, it shows how good a team they are.
Magic Moment
Westdyke CC
Malta National Team
The goal through Euan Walker 12 minutes into the 3rd period.
The chance in the second half which Jamie Butler made a good save from.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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