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Tiwi Daramola contributions inspire Scotland to Welsh success

Wales 1

Williams 89

Scotland 2

Daramola, 26, 30
  • Thursday, 11 April 2019
  • Cefn Druids FC
  • Under 18´s
  • U18 Centenary Shield

Tiwi Daramola was the hero for Scotland as the U18's school team came away with an impressive 2-0 victory away from home against Wales.

The number nine caused two goals within four minutes to give Scotland their first victory of the Centenary Shield tournament. Cavin Williams got one back for Wales late on but the visitors manged to hold on and secure a maiden win of the campaign.

Scotland came into their final match of the tournament looking for their first win, after draws with the Republic of Ireland and defeats to Northern Ireland and England. If Wales were able to get a victory on home soil they would give themselves a chance of taking the shield off current champions Northern Ireland.

It was all Wales early on, with Telor Williams bombarding the Scotland box with crosses from the left. The away side had their chances too. Captain Jack Hodge came close from distance before Finlay Robertson tried his luck.

Hodge then went close again just after the 20 minute mark, seeing his shot saved by Welsh stopper Eric Green at the near post. The Scots were pressing harder for a breakthrough and they got one on the 26th minute.

Daramola got in behind the Welsh defence and put his shot neatly in the bottom corner to give the visitors the advantage. He contributed to the second four minutes later, his shot being deflected into the net by the Welsh defence.

  • Half Time:
  • Wales
  • 0-2
  • Scotland

Daramola was on the hunt for a second and he almost had one shortly after the restart. His header was well saved at close range as the Scots looked to kill the game off early on in the second half.

Wales on the other hand were desperately looking for a way back into proceedings. Opportunities were a rarity, with Bobby Beaumont's header the best chance for a Welsh goal. It bobbled helplessly by the left hand post as the visitors continued to hold firm.

A massive opportunity fell to Wales' Lee Jenkins on the 69th minute mark. A free kick from the left fell to the feet of the Welsh schoolboy, but he could only lift the ball over the net from about six yards out.

The game began to slow down as legs got weary, with the end to end style of play quickly turning into long balls from one end to the other.

Cavan Williams managed to grab one back for the home side on the 89th minute with a simple tap in, but Scotland managed to weather the late storm and came away with an impressive three points.

It's a first win of the tournament for the Scots in their final fixture. It moves them level on points with England after wrapping up maximum points away from home. Wales will rue missed chances in the opening stages as the Centenary Shield is now out of their reach.

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


1. Eric Green
3. Evan Lloyd
4. Toby Vickery
5. Bobby Beaumont
6. Lee Jenkins (C)
7. Jack Wilson
8. Cavan Williams
9. Oliver Lanceley
10. Dylan Rhys Jones
11. Telor Williams
13. Shaun Gardiner
14. Ben Vanstone
15. Scott Butler
16. Joe Dyer
17. Jake Hampston
18. Jack Pascoe
19. Charlie Caton
21. Tristan Jenkins
1. Lee Herbert
2. Ben Cameron
3. Josh Doig
4. Christopher Stafford
5. Jamie Thompson
6. Josh McConville
7. Josh Mulligan
8. Jack Hodge (C)
9. Tiwi Daramola
10. Finlay Baird
11.Finlay Robertson
12. Jacques Hegarty
13. Archie Meekinson
14. Dylan Coll
15. Owen Andrew
16. Wilson Romanis
17. Ross Smith
Star Player
He was only introduced at half time, but Tristan Jenkins made a difference for Wales in the second half. Playing on the right hand side, the youngster was just as effective going forward as he was going back the way. The winger would be retrieving the ball in defence one minute before breaking up the park to start an attack the next. It was a tireless and selfless second half showing by Jenkins.
Tiwi Daramola may have the headline, but Jack Hodge was great for the visitors also. Scotland's captain had maturity beyond his years, dictating play from the middle of the park for most of the match. He wasn't afraid to try and get a goal either, trying his luck from range on a few occasions. Overall it was a comfortable and assured performance from Hodge.
Magic Moment
Whilst it perhaps never amounted to much in the end, Wales' initial start to the game was brilliant. They pressed and forced their opponents into mistakes, finding lots of joy down the left hand side. It looked promising for the hosts, but a Scotland goal midway through the first half deflated the title chasers.
Some good work in the middle of the park from Scotland took a technical turn midway through the first half. Jack Hodge received the ball and passed it out to Josh Doig. The left-back then back-heeled the ball down the channel to his teammates running in behind. Sublime.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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