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BGC Wales 17s grinds out win against CYP Scotland

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BGC Wales 1

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  • Sunday, 03 May 2015
  • Station Park
  • Under 17´s
  • International Challenge Match

Alasdair Hooper | YFS Dundee Senior Reporter
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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. 

  • Half Time:
  • CYP Scotland
  • 0-0
  • BGC Wales

The opening stages of the second half were dominated by a midfield battle for supremacy, with neither side willing to lose out. As such, the first chance of the second period didn’t arise until the 55th minute when Wales were awarded a free kick out on the left flank. Cruickshank delivered the ball deep into the penalty area where it was met by the head of Macaulay Tuffin. He could not generate enough power and direction on the header, however, and it looped high into the air. Robbie Telford, in goal for Scotland, comfortably plucked the ball out of the air.

After a few more half chances Daniel Eedy came close for Wales in the 77th minute. He attempted to hit a shot on the swivel, just outside the penalty area, but it flew high and wide of the target.

Two minutes later, Wales were celebrating as they took the lead. A corner from the left was delivered in and around the six-yard box and Jack Page was there to meet it. The Welsh forward stuck out his right leg and managed to divert it towards goal and past John Sinclair in goal.

Scotland were handed an opportunity, a minute later, to try and make an instant riposte as they were awarded a free kick just over 20 yards out. Darren Cooper stepped up to take it but his shot was well held by Jacob Lloyd.

With six minutes left of regulation another free kick within shooting range was awarded, this time to Wales. Cruickshank was the man to step up as he looked to bend his effort into the top right hand corner. Unfortunately for him the ball flew wide of the post and out.

In the 85th minute Jack Page broke through the Scottish back line looking to add to his goal. He struck a low powerful shot at goal but it was well blocked by Sinclair.

Just before the full time whistle Wales were handed an opportunity to finish off the game. The ball was laid off to Jonathan Triggs who just had the keeper to beat. Unfortunately the Welshman put his shot wide of the post as he looked to bend the ball round the oncoming Sinclair.  

Despite Scotland’s best efforts the Welsh defence remained strong and kept the attackers at bay. The final whistle eventually blew and the Wales players coud afford to celebrate a hard fought win. Both outfits are incredibly strong and, as a result, it took one set piece goal to separate them in the end. On reflection Wales did have the slightly greater number of chances and this win was very well earned. 

  • Full Time:
  • CYP Scotland
  • 0-1
  • BGC Wales


CYP Scotland
BGC Wales
1. John Sinclair
1. Robbie Telford
2. Ben Reid
3. Lewis MacNaughton
4. Alan Murphy
5. Darren Cooper
6. Cameron Hoskins
7. Ben Black
8. Scott Jennings
9. Jack Ewing
10. Calum Boath
11. Jordan Davie
12. Calum Cook
14. Jamie Graham
15. Fraser Bryden
16. Jack Hogarth
17. Mitchell Ewing
18. Fraser Edward
1. Aaron Jones
2. Jordan Hickey
3. Callum Lewis
4. Dion Molyneux
5. Rhys Austin
6. Jonathan Triggs
7. Kieran Francis
8. Jack Hurley
9. Kyle Jones
10. Jack Page
11. Lewys Cruickshank
12. Oliver Probert
14. Jac Dodson
15. Macaulay Tuffin
16. Daniel Eedy
17. Jacob Lloyd
18. Ethan Phillips
Star Player
CYP Scotland
BGC Wales
Alan Murphy – The Scotland captain was a commanding presence and organized expertly at the back. A strong performance.
Lewys Cruickshank – Clearly this was a game where the captains shone. The Wales captain rallied his troops well and also proved to be his side’s biggest attacking threat. Created plenty of opportunities for his teammates and himself.
Magic Moment
CYP Scotland
BGC Wales
Mitchell Ewing’s effort just before half time – A few inches lower and we would be talking about a superb strike just before the half time whistle.
Jack Page’s goal – Exactly what they were after and the delight when they scored was great to see. By no means an easy chance to put away either. Page did well.
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