Five-Star South Wales Off to Perfect Start
5 June 2018

Five-Star South Wales Off to Perfect Start

South Wales FA topped the group on the opening game day of their UEFA Regions Cup Preliminary Round mini-tournament with a comfortable 5-0 victory over Region of Gothenburg at Jenner Park.

The victory is the biggest ever win in the competition for a Welsh side, and gives the team a great opportunity to progress to the Intermediate Round.

The home side opened the scoring in the 5th minute when Adam Jenkins won a penalty, which he dispatched into the corner of the goal. 

The advantage was doubled on 16’ when Jordan Evans' powerful half-volley proved too much to handle for keeper Emil Kecevic.  

Gothenburg captain Kassim Coaney went closest for his side when his stretching effort from Viktor Lundqvist's free-kick hit the crossbar.

Christopher Colvin-Owens then hit the post with a header from a Jenkins cross. Moments later, he made it three, racing onto a ball over the top from Alex Long and slotting home to give South Wales a commanding lead.

Christopher Colvin-Owens celebrates scoring the third goal for South Wales FA (Photo and Featured Image: Lewis Mitchell)
Christopher Colvin-Owens celebrates scoring the third goal for South Wales FA (Photo and Featured Image: Lewis Mitchell)

In the second half, Colvin-Owens doubled his tally early on when he beat the offside trap to unleash a powerful shot past Kecevic, before sub Christoper Quick scored immediately after coming on to make it five.

Ihab Yasin was denied a consolation goal for the visitors, as Stephen Price saved his late effort.

Having got off to the perfect start, South Wales will be looking to make it two from two when they meet Amateurs FYR Macedonia at Jenner Park on Thursday (7th June) at 7pm.

The Amateurs were edged out by Evia Region of Greece in a tightly fought encounter at Cyncoed Campus earlier in the day.

Amateurs started the better of the two teams, but Evia took the lead on 8’ through striker Panagiotis Karantakis after neat build-up play down the right-hand side.

It was sloppy defending from the Macedonians, and Karantakis made no mistake, sliding home from close range low into Mirza Durankovikj right-hand corner.

The Amateurs went in search of an equaliser – and were playing some impressive stuff in the first-half, without really testing Greek goalkeeper, Dimitrios Ntoumanis.

Early into the second-half, the Macedonians had their first chance of the game as Valentino Rafeski fed the ball through to Vladimir Zhoglev, but his effort was saved expertly by Ntoumanis down to his right-hand side.

FYR Macedonia then had their best chance of the game as Antonio Ilievski’s powerful drive from 30-yards out was again saved superbly by Ntoumanis in the Greek goal.

Amateurs continued to press the Greek backline, but to no avail as Evia held on to gain three precious points to kick-off their Regions Cup campaign, despite being second best for large parts in the blazing sunshine in the Welsh Capital. Their next game is also on Thursday, against Region of Gothenburg at Cyncoed Campus (3pm kick-off).