The under 17 representatives of CYP Scotland and BGC Wales were on show in the second international game of the day at Forfar Athletic’s Station Park. The rain that had been merciless during the first game of the day continued throughout the second so conditions were similarly difficult. What panned out was a close affair between two strong nations. Wales, however, grabbed the winner through Jack Page 11 minutes from time to seal a second international win of the day, following on from the success of their under 15s side.
Wales started the stronger of the two sides with some early sights at goal. The first clear opportunity came about in the eighth minute of the game when Jack Hurley played the ball through to Jac Dodson. The welsh number 14 looked to slot the ball into the net but was denied thanks to a great diving save from Scotland keeper John Sinclair.
In the 15th minute Scotland had their first chance at goal. Jack Ewing was put through on goal but his effort was deflected over the target following a well timed challenge from Wales’ Dion Molyneux.
Four minutes later, Fraser Edward went close for the hosts as his header following a corner landed onto the roof of the net.
Shortly after, the woodwork came into play to deny Wales an opening goal. They were awarded a free kick right on the edge of the penalty area and captain Lewys Cruickshank stepped up to take it. The resulting shot was ferociously driven and it thundered back off the crossbar and away from danger.
After a series of half chances for each side the next clear opportunity came the way of Scotland’s Mitchell Ewing just before the half time whistle. The number 17 was played through by Calum Boath and, as he bore down on goal under pressure from the Welsh defence, he let rip at goal. His strike clipped the top of the crossbar and went out of play for a goal kick.