ABERYSTWYTH Town’s development players played significant roles as the Wales Under 18s Academy squad earned a superb 2-0 victory against the Republic of Ireland, to reclaim the John Coughlin Memorial Cup at Tramore AFC.
The Cambrian News reported “After a goalless draw on Tuesday in the first game between the teams, there was all to play in the return match of their double-header on Thursday afternoon, and both sides created chances.
The breakthrough came on 69 minutes when Aberystwyth’s Harri Horwood was quick to pounce on a rebound to score after a strong header by Aber team-mate Liam Doherty had forced keeper Luke McNicholas into a good save.
The victory was sealed for Wales when substitute Charlie Williams, of Bala Town’s development side, found himself in space to fire home a fierce shot from 20-yards in the 83rd minute.
“The players wore their hearts on their sleeves, and were a credit to the clubs they are representing from the Welsh Academy system,” said Wales manager Mark Pike.
“I’m incredibly proud of the performances put in by each and every one of them.
“We created plenty of chances, and good finishes from Harri and Charlie secured them a well-deserved victory in the end.”
Two other youngsters from the Aberystwyth Town development squad were involved in the Wales squad, with Lee Jenkins and Alex Pennock also selected.
Full squad: Alex Pennock, Lee Jenkins, Liam Doherty, Harri Horwood (Aberystwyth Town), Toby Vickery (Airbus Uk Broughton), Charlie Williams, Lewys Turner (Bala Town), Guto Williams, Geraint Jones (Bangor City), Callum Flynn (Barry Town), Samuel Reynolds (Connah’s Quay Nomads), Charlie Hughes (Flint Town United), Alaric Jones (Haverfordwest County), Harri Jones (Llandudno), Christopher Craven, Robert Reynolds, Lewis Dutton, Callum Jones, James Parry, Tomos Williams (The New Saints)” here.