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Late Dymond strike sees BGC Wales 15s snatch victory against CYP Scotland 15s

CYP Scotland 2

Laird 41, C. Fraser 60

BGC Wales 3

Downs 16, 40, Dymond 76
  • Sunday, 03 May 2015
  • Station Park
  • Under 15´s
  • International Challenge Match

Alasdair Hooper | YFS Dundee Senior Reporter
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CYP Scotland and BGC Wales’ under 15s kicked off an international triple-header at Station Park on Sunday, 3rd May. In atrocious weather conditions the spectacle of the first game more than lifted the mood of everyone in Forfar Athletic’s ground. The first half was controlled by the Welsh with a Jordan Downs double ensuring they went in at half time 2-0 to the good. Scotland rallied in the second half and managed to level thanks to strikes from Arran Laird and Cameron Fraser. With the tie in the balance it was Wales who gained the victory as Jake Dymond found the back of the net four minutes from time.
 
The Welsh were pumped up from the very start and they controlled the opening moments of the game. They very nearly had the perfect start albeit with a little help from the elements. With their first attacking move Arwel Thomas pinged a long ball over the Scottish defence aimed towards Jordan Downs. The merciless wind, however, then caught hold of the ball, leaving Downs unable to retrieve, but it also bamboozled Scottish goalkeeper Jack Gray. With the flight trajectory majorly altered, the ball bounced over the stranded keeper towards goal. Thankfully for all those connected with the Scots it bounced just the wrong side of the post.
 
With the momentum firmly in the hands of the Welsh they seemed to be edging closer to a goal. In the 11th minute, Evan Daley came close when the ball fell to him following a corner kick but his effort flew just inches above the crossbar.
 
Five minutes later, however, the Welsh were celebrating taking the lead in fine style. Downs picked up the ball about 20 yards from goal and then displayed an exquisite bit of skill. One-on-one with his defender he suddenly dropped his shoulder, made some space for himself, and bulleted a low, venomous shot straight into the bottom left hand corner of the net.  
 
After this setback Scotland responded with a chance of their own. Liam Fraser met a right-wing cross in the penalty box but his effort at goal was blocked. Arran Laird was the first to meet the rebound but the Welsh defence also blocked his effort. The ball then bounced out for a corner that ultimately came to nothing.
 
In the 20th minute Scotland came close again when a through ball was played to Andrew Fleming. With the angle against him the number 12 could only shoot into the side netting.
 
The balance of play then swung back in favour of Wales who came close through efforts from Arwel Thomas, Dylan Davies and Rhys Mills. Their next clear-cut opportunity arose with the game ticking into its 38th minute. Luke Evans delivered a long free kick straight into Scotland’s penalty area and it fell to the feet of Mills. He got his shot away at goal from close range but was denied by an outstanding diving save from Jack Gray.
 
Despite Gray’s goalkeeping heroics there was absolutely nothing he could do about the next shot he faced on the stroke of half time. Downs picked up the ball about 25-30 yards out of goal and unleashed an absolute screamer of a shot straight into the postage stamp of the goal. It was a truly stunning goal that no goalie anywhere would be keeping out. Shortly afterwards the half time whistle went and everyone at Station Park was left thinking about that incredible last bit of play.
  • Half Time:
  • CYP Scotland
  • 0-2
  • BGC Wales
Scotland reemerged after the break desperate to put their mark on the game and get themselves back in it. Not even they could have imagined making as good a start as they did. Just a minute into the second half the Scots were awarded a free kick 35 yards away from the target. For Arran Laird, however, distance is nothing. The Scotland and Dundee West striker stepped up and blasted the ball straight into the net via the crossbar. With two stunning goals either side of the half time break the crowd were well and truly warmed up now. Clearly there’s something in the water at Forfar.
 
Despite Scotland’s improved performance in the second half the next clear chance fell to Wales’ Jake Dymond in the 58th minute. The number seven made a great run down the right side and drove straight towards goal. He got a fearsome shot away on target but was denied by the palms of Joseph Awansoba. The ball was then knocked out of play for a corner by Scotland captain Daniel Robertson.
 
The resulting corner kick was delivered straight into the box and was met by the head of Dymond. His effort was diverted towards the bottom corner but was cleared off the line by the leg of Andrew Fleming.
 
As the game reached the hour mark Scotland grabbed their equaliser. Once again, an Arran Laird free kick proved to be the catalyst as the number nine fired his kick towards goal. The ball seemed destined to end up in the grasp of keeper Iwan Barber but somehow it escaped his clutches and Cameron Fraser was on hand to knock in the rebound. The game was now finely poised at 2-2.
 
With both sides doing their utmost to try and score a winner the Welsh eventually succeeded in doing so four minutes before the final whistle. Dymond was played through into the Scotland penalty area courtesy of a superb midfield pass. He did not mess about and absolutely belted the ball, with all the power he could muster, into the back of the net.
 
Wales so very nearly sealed the victory in the final minute of regulation time when they came close to scoring a fourth. Morgan Bevan attempted to curl a shot into the net from distance but the ball ended up ricocheting off of Awansoba. With an open goal to aim at Ellis Darks looked certain to score but his effort flew over the crossbar.
 
That late miss did not hurt them as the final whistle went soon after. Both teams served up a hugely entertaining game of football and in incredibly rainy conditions. There was skill on show throughout, illustrated by two stunning goals in the game, but on the day Wales just edged the performance and emerged as deserved winners. 
  • Full Time:
  • CYP Scotland
  • 2-3
  • BGC Wales

Lineups

CYP Scotland
BGC Wales
1. Jack Gray
1. Joseph Awansoba
2. Andrew Fleming
3. Christopher McNeil
4. Struan Christie
5. Daniel Robertson
6. Scott Dyer
7. Cameron Fraser
8. Liam Fraser
9. Arran Laird
10. Declan Nugent
11. Caleb McBlane
12. Fraser Binnie
14. Kieran Dall
15. Ryan Sandeman
16. Kieran Boylan
1. Ellis Berry
2. Joseff Camps
3. Shay Thomas
4. Evan Daley
5. Iwan Shenton
6. Thomas Owen
7. Jake Dymond
8. Morgan Powell
9. Morgan Bevan
10. Jordan Downs
11. Rhys Mills
12. Dylan Davies
14. Luke Evans
15. Arwel Thomas
16. Ellis Darks
17. Iwan Barber
Star Player
CYP Scotland
BGC Wales
Arran Laird – Superb work-rate up front and made all sorts of things happen for his team. Sublime goal from him as well.
Jordan Downs – Exemplary performance in the first half characterized by two fantastic goals. The first was great, the second was out of this world.
Magic Moment
CYP Scotland
BGC Wales
Arran Laird’s goal – Never have my magic moment selections been so easy to pick. It has to be Laird’s free kick for Scotland.
Jordan Downs’ second goal – Again there can only be one winner for this. Such a sweet strike and perfect accuracy.
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