Wales were pleased to send two talented squads to represent the Welsh League and enter this tournament in aid of the British Heart Foundation. 25th March 2012
In a ’round robin’ contest, Wales A beat UHL West, 5 – 1, with goals from Paul Fisher (2), Alun Huish (2), and Steve Dalton. They followed up this with a 5 – 0 win against Wales B (Over 55’s squad) with Paul Clark (2), Paul Fisher and Paul Staddon getting on the score sheet with poor Wayne Hosey putting through his own goal to make it five.
Wales A comfortably beat UHL East 2 – 0 with goals from Ian Thomson and Jeff White and had to avoid defeat in the final game against England to win the tournament and this they did with the game ending 0 – 0. Paul Fisher had the best goal of the day disallowed thanks to an eagle eyed linesman. Fisher was nominated as Wales’s best player but the whole squad played well to give Wales a deserved victory.
The Wales B team started with a very difficult fixture against England and went down 1 – 0 following a defensive error. Wayne Hosey got the only goal in a 1 – 0 win against UHL West, but the Wales A squad were too young and strong and won comfortably 5 – 0. In their final game Wales B put in a fine performance, but could not break down a stubborn UHL East team and had to settle for a 0 – 0 draw.
A very good tournament enjoyed by everyone in the Wales party and many thanks to John Daly, Thame FC and all who helped to organise such a good day. A donation of £250 has been made to the British Heart Foundation.
Over 40 – Northern Ireland 3; Wales 0
The Wales Over 40 team put up a brave show against a very strong Northern Ireland team, but were sadly beaten 3 – 0.
Wales Goalkeeper Nigel Williams was kept busy and brought off a number of good saves and Mark Watts and Steve Kerby, who was voted Wales ‘Man of the Match’, defended stubbornly.
Wales with an relatively inexperienced team and a number of late withdrawals were unable to make any impact on this match in their endeavors to win this game. But equally they will be looking forward to competing at this level again when the Irish boys come back to Wales for the return fixture.
Over 45- Northern Ireland 0; Wales 0
The Wales over 45s were full value for this away draw and could well have snatched a win with a bit of luck in front of goal. Wales striker Ronnie Rahman had a couple of chances late in the game, but for the heroic’s of the Irish keeper it was not to be Wales’s day.
Wales goalkeeper Mark Mayes fully deserved his clean sheet and made some great saves which made him a popular choice as Wales ‘Man of the Match’
This result was a vast improvement for the Wales team in the over 45 section between these two nations as Northern Ireland have previously been comfortable winners.
Senator Security sponsored the football kit for Llantrisant Over 40’s & 45’s teams – pictured here is the Over 40’s squad.