03/03/2010 - Wales Fans v Sweden

03 Mar
Wales Fans
Venue: St. Helens, Swansea, Wales.
Wales Lineup:
Dave O'Gorman, Perry Morgan, Tim Hartley, Rhys Lewis, Simon Thomas, Hywel Davies, Scott Davies, Richard Lucas, Gareth Hickman, Richard James, Jamie Duffy, Paul Davis, Matthew Thomas, Huw Williams.
Wales Goalscorers:
Dave O'Gorman, Gareth Hickman (3), Jamie Duffy, Matthew Thomas, Simon Thomas.
Team photo

Back Row (Left to Right): Dave O'Gorman, Huw Williams, Simon Thomas, Hywel Davies, Scott Davies, Richard Lucas and Gareth Hickman

Front Row (Left to Right): Richard James, Jamie Duffy, Perry Morgan, Tim Hartley, Paul Davis, Matthew Thomas, and Rhys Lewis.

03 Mar 2010: Wales Fans v Sweden ‐ St. Helens, Swansea, Wales

Wales Supporters Team, faced Sweden for the first time in over 100 years after a Welsh team had last lined up at St. Helens for a game of football. Wales fielded a strong side, consisting of comeback king, Gareth Hickman, seven years since he gained the second of two caps against Serbia & Montenegro in Belgrade. Ola was optimistic that his side would spoil the party.

Thanks to Perry Morgan for organising the superb facilities at St Helens and Perry provided also the calming influence at the back as Sweden pressed early on. However Wales soon relieved the pressure as Dave O'Gorman winning his second cap, opened the scoring to put Wales in front. The rest of the first half saw Sweden backed by a strong wind, fail to take advantage as they were contained to long distance shooting, while Wales gradually came on top in midfield.

Midway through the first half, debut maker Matthew Thomas increased the Welsh lead and as the interval closed in Wales were comfortable and well in control.

The second half saw Wales given a chance to seal the game in controversial circumstances as the match referee gave a penalty for hand ball by the Sweden left back. However Midfield playmaker, Rhys Lewis blew a golden chance, hitting a weak spot kick safely into the keepers hands to his right. However it was not long before Gareth 'Hitman' Hickman put the show beyond doubt, hitting home with his left and right foot on separate occasions to give Wales a 4-0 lead.

With referee and manager Neil Dymock, forced off the field of play to do a BBC Radio Wales interview, Wales most capped player Tim Hartley took over the whistle and instantly awarded Sweden a penalty against Perry Morgan, which they dispatched with ease past Scott Davies, who had been a passenger in the second half up until that point.

However Wales soon were on the rampage as Jamie Duffy and Simon Thomas increased the lead, although both goals were in controversial circumstances.

It was then left to Gareth Hickman to score a perfect hatrick for Wales, heading home with the last moment of the game to make the final score Wales 7 Sweden 1. Thanks to Ola Sjöstedt for helping to organise the Sweden team.

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