Youth football: Jersey narrow the gap against Scotland

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Two came from long range, both dispatched into the top corner, while their second-minute opener was a perfectly executed free kick with Jordan Elfverson getting the slightest of touches to help the ball home inside a post.

Despite conceding an early goal the floodgates did not open, as it did last year when the hosts lost one of their two games 11-0.

The Jersey players regrouped well, they held their opponents at bay until five minutes after the resumption.

But in the first half they, too, could have scored as two excellent balls across the face of the Scottish penalty are were not capitalised upon while Michael Weir floated an effort just over the crossbar.

On the stroke of half time Scotland’s crossbar was rattled following a fine left-foot shot from the busy and inspirational Jack Boyle.

Max Wright thumped Scotland’s second into a top corner from 18 yards after an excellent run down the right wing by Calum McRobbie.

Kal Naismith, who loved to dribble with the ball, added a brace in the 65th and 75th minutes, his first a 25-yard effort which again flew into a top corner.

JFA vice-president Iain Mackenzie said: ‘The quality of some of the finishing was top drawer; the first goal was right off the training ground, a diagonal shot towards a far post with a striker getting the slightest of touches to help the ball on its way in.

‘This is the third year Scotland have visited and our teams are improving against them every year.

Jersey did quite well at times last night; they created some good opportunities but unfortunately they did not take them.

‘Scotland were slick with their passing and they were happy they were given a good work out by our team.’ Jersey manager Dave Walsh said: ‘I’m very pleased, the game is very early in the season for our players and it proved to be a good work out for both teams.

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