Wales Colleges full of confidence says coach Marc Lloyd Williams
6 December 2013

Wales Colleges full of confidence says coach Marc Lloyd Williams

Scotland Colleges 2 – 4 Wales Colleges

Scotland Colleges 2 – 4 Wales Colleges

Welsh Colleges U19 travelled north to play Scottish Colleges last Thursday in what has become a regular fixture between the two sides. Clearly full of confidence, having beaten Scottish Colleges last season on home turf, it was Welsh Colleges who broke the deadlock with an early goal after the 5-minutes. Scottish Colleges failed to clear their lines from a corner with the ball bouncing around the box, Iolo Hughes (Coleg Menai) reacted the quickest poking the ball home to put Wales in front.

Scottish Colleges slowly found their feet and found themselves level after 25 minutes. Again the goal was scored from a corner, with a low cross deflecting up into the air for Ewan Barrie (Ayrshire College) to leap high to head past the Welsh keeper. However, Scotland soon found themselves behind again with a calamitous goal from a goal kick. Scotland’s keeper, Sandy Thomson (New College Lanarkshire), attempted a quick goal kick, which hit off the back of John Littlemore (Coleg Menai) and bounced kindly for the Welsh centre forward who was left with a tap-in to make it 2-1.

Scotland came out the changing rooms ready and prepared to turn their fortunes around, however Welsh Colleges were quickest out the blocks again and grabbed a very early goal in the second half. Poor play in the middle of the park led to a quick Welsh breakaway when Craig Whelan’s (Coleg Menai) defence splitting pass was played into Littlemore who took it in his stride and dispatched his second goal of the game low to the left hand side of the helpless Scotland keeper.

Things did not get better for Scotland as it was not long after this Wales grabbed another goal midway through the second half. Following good work from Callum Davidson (Coleg Menai) down the left, his through ball found Hughes on the edge of the box and he calmly slotted the ball into the back of the net for his second goal of the game and Wales’ fourth.

Scotland were awarded for their endeavours with a second goal from Paul Caughey (New College Lanarkshire).The tricky Scottish striker latched onto a fantastic lofted ball over the Welsh defence to play the ball round the keeper and slot into an empty net.

Scotland sensed a comeback and were denied a third goal with a magnificent save from Luke Fleming (Gower College) to prevent Ryan Cherrie’s (New College Lanarkshire, Motherwell) header at the back post. Nothing came from the final Scotland push as Wales ran out deserved winners. Jack Britton (Pembroke College) was voted man of the match.

Wales Colleges v Australia at Cambrian & Clydach FC on 13th January 2014 KO 4pm.

Wales Team:

Wales Colleges Starting XI:

Luke Fleming (Gower College), Wes Bennett (Coleg Llandrillo), Corey Jones(Coleg Menai),, Nathan Williams(Coleg Menai), Iolo Hughes(Coleg Menai), Craig Whelan (Coleg Menai), Ross Jones(Coleg Sir Gar), Sam Wilson (Coleg Sir Gar), Jack Britton (Pembroke College), John Littlemore – capt(Coleg Menai), KostaGeorgievsky (Gower College).

Subs (all used):
Callum Davidson(Coleg Menai), Sam Faulkner(Coleg Menai), Nathan Moore (Coleg Menai), Ryan Samuel (Gower College), Nikki Pavin (Gower College)

Scotland Team:

Scotland Colleges Starting XI:

Sandy Thomson - New College Lanarkshire (Motherwell), Joseph Ngoa - Borders College, Ryan Cherrie - New College Lanarkshire (Motherwell), Josh Thomson - New College Lanarkshire (Cumbernauld), Dean Clark - Edinburgh College (Sighthill), Craig Easton - Glasgow Clyde (Cardonald), Ewan Barrie - Ayrshire College (Kilmarnock), Aaron Gray - New College Lanarkshire (Cumbernauld), Scott Alexander - Dumfries and Galloway College, Duncan Muir - Edinburgh College (Granton), Dean Sutherland - New College Lanarkshire (Cumbernauld)

Subs (all used):
Ryan Forsyth - Edinburgh College (Granton), Christopher Gault - West College (Clydebank), Lewis Hamill - Fife College , Lewis Allan - Borders College, Paul Caughey - New College Lanarkshire (Cumbernauld)

MOTM:
Wales: Jack Britton(Pembroke College)
Scotland: Scott Alexander (Dumfries and Galloway College)