In the third and final match at Forfar’s Station Park it was time for the BGC Wales and CYP Scotland under 19 teams to do battle. Once again the weather conditions were far from decent but that did not stop the players putting in huge amounts of effort and dishing up a tantalizing affair.
Scotland’s Patrick Martin had originally put his team 1-0 up before the break, but second half goals from Wales’ Daniel Jones and Alfie Jones ensured that the Welsh left Forfar with wins across all three age groups.
The game took a while to get going as both teams were momentarily ushered off the pitch by the officials following a horrid looking head injury to Scotland’s Liam Harper. Everyone hopes that he recovers well and is back on a football pitch soon.
Once play restarted the first opportunity came about on the sixth minute. Scotland’s Jack Wilson stepped up to take a free kick and went straight for goal. The ball was claimed well by Wales keeper Sam Hill.
Wales had to wait 15 minutes before they had their first opportunity at goal, also via a free-kick. Shay Jones was the man to step up and he looked to bend his effort into the top left hand corner but Scotland’s Caelan Flynn was on hand to claim the ball.
In the 22nd minute, Wilson came close again for Scotland. The midfielder unleashed a speculative looking strike from an improbable range, but the ball clipped the post and bounced out of play for a goal kick, much to the relief of the Welsh.
On the half hour mark, Shay Jones was afforded another chance to take a shot at goal from a free kick. The number six stepped up once again but fired his shot onto the roof of the net.
Five minutes later Patrick Martin picked up possession of the ball inside the Welsh penalty area. He managed to create an opening for himself but could only shoot into the side netting.
Six minutes prior to half time Scotland seized control of the game by taking the lead. Martin broke free from the Welsh defensive shackles and found himself one-on-one with the keeper Rhys Fisher. Martin coolly slotted the ball past Fisher and, despite the Welsh goalie getting a touch to it, it dribbled into the net to put the Scots 1-0 up. Despite Wales’ attempts this is how it stayed for the remainder of the half.