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.