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[Fm14] Wales: The Golden Generation?

Follow Tom Conwy in his bid to take Wales to glory
Started on 10 September 2014 by tomtheone
Latest Reply on 7 November 2014 by tomtheone
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Experimental Welsh line-up thrash Oman

Wales picked up a comfortable 4-1 over Oman this evening after resting a number of established internationals. Jack Collison took captaincy in place of Ashley Williams and Aaron Ramsey.

Wales took the lead through Simon Church, the Rangers striker playing a neat one-two with Sam Vokes as Tom Conwy started with two strikers. Oman equalised from a free-kick from which Kyle Letheren should have done better. It was Oman’s only shot on goal in the whole game.

Second half substitute Dave Cotterill scored a great effort, bolstering his squad place, after being played in by the fantastic Church. Simon Church’s finishing was second to none and he quickly raced through the defence to chip the ball over the Omani keeper. Following a foul in the penalty area, Church assumed set piece responsibility and converted the penalty coolly.

Another game and another win for Wales as they edge closer to Euro 2016 in fantastic form. Both Simon Church and Dave Cotterill will have done no harm in making their case for the Wales squad for Euro 2016. Paul Dummett also had a very good game.

Matthews (Richards ’72 )
Chester (Taylor ’45 )
L. Jones
Collison (Allen ’45 )
J. Williams
Watkins (Wilson ’72 )
Isgrove (Cotterill ’45 )
Vokes (G. Williams ‘45 )

Wales boss has rough idea

Speaking after Wales’ convincing 4-1 win over Oman, Tom Conwy spoke to various SkySports concerning his potential squad for the European Championships in France later this year.

He said, “Yeah, I’ve left plenty out today and no disservice to the lads who were in the squad today but that’s because I know they’ll be coming to France, fitness and form permitting. There’d have been nothing to gain from having Gareth Bale or Aaron Ramsey in my team tonight and you can include a few of the other lads in there too, Hal (Robson-Kanu) for example.”

“That said, there’s a few players who were in this squad I was pretty sure would be coming with us, even before this game. And then there’s a few that have no themselves no harm playing against Oman.”

He finished by saying, “It’s going to be really tough actually. There’s so many of the boys that deserve a chance to come to the Euros with us and I hope I don’t have to disappoint too many people.”

Tord Grip retires on eve of Euros

Tom Conwy’s right hand man, Tord Grip has announced his immediate retirement from football, after learning a close family remember is suffering from cancer. Grip has served as Tom Conwy’s assistant since his took over from Chris Coleman in 2013.

Grip, who served as Sven Goran Eriksson’s assistant during his tenure as England manager is said to have worked up a strong rapport with a number of the Wales squad. Gareth Bale took to Twitter to thank Grip for his time in the Welsh fold, saying;

Stoke assistant manager, Mark Bowen, has been appointed as Tom Conwy’s number two until the end of the European Championships. Tom Conwy apparently contacted Ryan Giggs about his availability but the former Welsh winger would prefer to focus on Manchester United.

Conwy announces preliminary 30 man squad

Tom Conwy has announced his initial squad and standby list for the European Championships in France. There are no real surprises at this current time, however the final 23 man squad is still to be announced. Conwy has no injury worries at this present time and will be hoping that when he is to name his final squad that this remains the case.

Wales announce final squad

Tom Conwy has cut seven players from his preliminary squad. The disappointed individuals are Paul Dummett, Lloyd Jones, Adam Matthews, Emyr Huws, Lloyd Isgrove, Marley Watkins and Harry Wilson.

All the players will take small comfort in the fact that they are all still young enough to feature in future squads and tournaments. Marley Watkins is the oldest of the players at 25 years old.

Wales disappointing in draw

Wales offered very little in creative threat and conceded a very soft goal that left Tom Conwy fuming following a 1-1 draw with Czech Republic.

Vaclav Kadlec scored within the first 20 minutes and did not have a shot for the rest of the game. Wales poor performance was compounded just 15 minutes later when Chris Gunter was forced off with an injury. Gunter was replaced by Ashley Richards and luckily for Tom Conwy and Wales, it has just been ruled as a knock.

Predictably, it was Gareth Bale who equalised, getting on the end of Aaron Ramsey’s precise pass. With just ten minutes remaining, Craig Davies hit the post after a wonderful mazy run through the Czech defence. Wales captain, Ashley Williams, missed a golden opportunity to seal the win with 5 minutes remaining, scuffing his shot wide from Bale’s corner.

All in all, Tom Conwy will be unhappy with the final result as his team struggled to break down what is considered a poor Czech Republic side, who were once such a dominant force in European football.

Gunter (Richards ’36 )
A. Williams ©
B. Davies (N. Taylor ’45 )
Ramsey (J. Williams ’69 )
King (Allen ’45 )
Robson-Kanu (Cotterill ’69 )
Vokes (C. Davies ’45 )

Wales poor despite last minute winner

Wales struggled to overcome Norway in their final game ahead of the European Championships. Tom Conwy will be disappointed with the performance and the result, coupled with the draw with Czech Republic, which will hardly inspire Welsh fans ahead of their match with hosts, France.

The small comfort for Wales were the goals from strikers Simon Church and Craig Davies in a match that saw long periods without any meaningful efforts from either team.

Wales got lucky with their equaliser as Simon Church’s tame effort was fumbled by the goalkeeper and trickled into the net. Wales’ winner from Davies was a good goal, following well-worked build up play between Davies and Bale.

A. Williams ©
A. Taylor (Collins ’45 )
N. Taylor (B. Davies ’69 )
J. Williams (King ’69 )
Collison (Ramsey ’45 )
Robson-Kanu (Bale ’69 )
Church (C. Davies ’69 )

Tom Conwy addresses the media ahead of European Championships

Wales boss Tom Conwy appeared wary ahead of his sides opening European Championship fixture with France. Wales lacked any meaningful drive in their two preparation friendlies with Czech Republic and Norway.

When asked if he was worried whether Wales would struggle against superior talents of France and Belgium, Conwy said, “We know we can hold our own on the pitch against anyone. To expect three wins is probably a bit daft but there’s no reason we can’t pick up points along the way. While we have to see the game against Slovakia as winnable, we could end up facing them already out if we lose against the others first.”

“It’s going to be a great competition and we’re all looking forward to it, no matter the result.”
Good results in my opinion, the Czech Republic are no easy team to beat so a draw is a good result there. And no matter the opinion on their performance against Norway, a win is a win. Well played sir, well played.
Ziechael - I'll try and play my first couple of group games tonight! Thanks for the interest dude!

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