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Hat trick hero helps Scotland slay Dragons

Scotland 5

Liversedge 7, 13, 62, Quinn 57, Quitongo 89

Wales 1

Howarth 85
  • Thursday, 20 March 2014
  • New Douglas Park
  • Under 18´s
  • Centenary Shield

Rob McCarry | YFS West Region Journalist
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Scotland welcomed Wales to new Douglas Park on a cold Thursday night to contest their second fixture in this year’s Centenary Shield followed a draw against Northern Ireland in the opening match where a late and fortuitous Jai Quitongo strike saw them salvage a point.
 
Historically the home side have been much more successful in this competition and were looking to become champions for the first time since 2011 whereas tonight’s guests had not laid a hand on the silverware since the early 1970’s.
 
A healthy crowd swelled the main stand as we got underway just after seven  o’clock and soon had reason to be optimistic as a speculative effort from right back Kieran Campbell hit the target from distance but Keighan Jones positioned himself well and remained untroubled.
 
The same could not be said moments later when a scything through ball from defence was launched forward by Campbell and Jones raced out to deal with the danger only to completely miss his kick and leave Chris Liversedge with the easiest of chances which he controlled and stroked home to give his side the lead after seven minutes.
 
It would be a case of Déjà vu moments later when Scott Burns gathered a stray Welsh pass in the middle of his opponents half and lifted the ball through defence where what appeared to be a routine take for the ‘keeper seemed to pass through his gloves and Liversedge was on hand to cut the ball between the posts from a narrow angle to make it 2-0 inside a quarter of an hour.
 
The only consolation for the visitors in the first half would come when livewire forward Tre Morrett turned Scotland defender inside out following a long ball before connecting well with a half volley but his shot failed to bother captain Chris Truesdale as it flew past his left hand post.
 
It looked as if the dark blues would head into the half time break with an unassailable advantage when Welsh defender Daniel Roberts lost the flight of the ball and then saw it bounce off his right hand leaving the referee Alan Muir no alternative but to point to the spot and give Liversedge the chance to complete his hat trick but Jones was at last able to show the quality that made him his nation’s number one as he flew to his right to keep the effort from 12 yards out and keep the deficit to two as the teams departed for the interval.
  • Half Time:
  • Scotland
  • 2-0
  • Wales
Any fears that Scotland might ease up in the second half were quickly dispelled as they had their guests under pressure almost from the opening whistle. The attacking intent bore fruit before too long when a Jamie Henry corner found its way to Craig Quinn after the initial effort had been cleared of the line and he drove the ball goal ward and despite the best efforts of the goalie it crept of the line and it seemed like the result would now be secure.
 
Further evidence of the home side’s dominance would be seen only a few minutes later when another fantastic corner from Henry was powered home by Liversedge at the back post to finally complete his hat-trick and cement a superb all round performance.
 
Sam Pearson looked to get his side back into the contest with a fierce effort from outside the box but Truesdale was down smartly to get behind it and maintain his clean sheet whilst Morrett's attempt from even further out flew harmlessly over the bar. Industrious play from Pearson would create the next opportunity for Wales and this time they would reap the rewards of their industrious play as Lawrie Haworth founded the goalie and stroked the ball home to reduce the deficit to three.
 
However it would have little impact on the outcome and late on substitute Quitongo capitalised on defensive indecision to stab the ball home of the half volley before cartwheeling away to put the final touch on a superb over all performance by Scotland.
 
With two games remaining in the championship both away from home Scotland will know that there is still much to do if they hope to regain the shield this year but tonight’s result with do their confidence going onto those matches no harm at all.
  • Full Time:
  • Scotland
  • 5-1
  • Wales

Lineups

Scotland
Wales

1 (C) Chris Truesdale
2 KIeran Campbell
3 Lewis Wilson
4 James Yates
5 Kyle Chalmers
6 Scott Burns
7 Jamie Henry
8 Michael Hardie
9 Scott Hynd
10 Jamie Dishington
11 Chris Liversedge
12 Kyle Hogg
14 Mikey Hopkins
15 Craig Quinn
16 (GK) Leonard wilson
17 Jai Quitongo
18 Conor McKenzie
19 James Flynn

1 Conah McFenton
2 Sam Pearson
3 Jake Phillips
4 Rakim Newton
7 Kostya Georgievsky
8 Lewis Jones
9 Tre morrett
10 Zyaac Edwards
11 Lawrie Haworth
12 Peter Jones
14 Jamie Jones
15 Joe Rodon
16 Jamie Butler
17 Daniel Roberts
18 Eoss Davies
21 (GK) Keighan Jones

Star Player
Scotland
Wales
Chris Liversedge showed everyone else a clean pair of heels tonight as he helped himself to a hat-trick.
A full blooded performance from Sam Pearson will warm Welsh as his tireless energy was on show from start to finish.
Magic Moment
Scotland
Wales
The sight of Jai Quitongo cartwheeling away after Scotland's final goal added the perfect flourish to the performance.
After an atrocious start it was heartening to see Keighan Jones redeem himself with a fine save to deny Liversedge from the spot.
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