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 Welsh Football Young Guns update news - by Owain Jones.
Young guns news - Thursday 22nd December 2005.

Mark Bradley (Walsall - midfielder) Came off the bench with ten minutes to go as the Saddlers crept closer to a trip to the Millennium Stadium with a victory over Wycombe in the LDV Vans Trophy.  The Wales U19 midfielder has been a regular first team squad member over the past month, with manager Paul Merson not afraid to give his talented youngsters a run.

Ramon Calliste (Liverpool - striker) Scored his sides second goal as he followed up his impressive performance and goal in last weeks 2-0 win against old club Man Utd with another in the 3-0 victory over Runcorn.  The Wales U21 striker scored after a mix up between goalkeeper and defender to give his side a two goal advantage as they cruised into the quarter finals of the Liverpool Senior Cup.

Scott Evans (Manchester City - midfielder) + Michael Chedwyn Evans (Manchester City) Were both in the Man City squad that advanced to the next round of the FA Youth Cup at the expense of West Ham.  Scott Evans the Wales U17 captain made it off the bench during the second half with Michael an unused substitute and will now look forward to leading his country out again in the New Year when Wales U17's take on Malta and Scotland.

Lloyd James (Southampton - midfielder) Captained the Saints U18's to a 5-2 victory against Wrexham in the FA Youth Cup on Tuesday night.  The Saints reached the final last year before succumbing to a strong Ipswich side and on this basis they will be there are thereabouts at the end of season this time around as well.  The Southampton starting XI contained Gareth Bale (defender) and the bench Wales U17 international Ian Jones (defender).

Alex Lawless (Torquay - defender)
Started for Torquay as the Gull gained much needed points against Bristol Rovers on Saturday.  The former Fulham academy member was a vital member of the defence that kept a clean sheet as they ran out 1-0 winners.  The former Wales U19 international has been in and out of the side this season and will now hope that he can nail down a first team spot for the next few games.

Liam Maloney (Preston - midfielder) Made the reserve team squad this week as Preston drew 1-1 with Shrewsbury.  The former Wales U17 international has been pushing himself to the fringes of the second string on a regular basis this season and will now look to gain a starting spot come the end of 2005/06 season.

Liam Norval (Leicester - defender) Scored from the spot but it was not enough as Leicester crashed out of the FA Youth Cup on penalties against Huddersfield this week.  The former Wales U16 captain has not been picked in a youth team since the Victory Shield and will now hope to push on with more reserve team appearances in 2006.

Michael Pearson (Oldham - defender) Has started breaking into the Latics reserve team on a regular basis.  The Bangor born defender started in defence as Oldham took on Stockport in the Manchester Senior Cup on Tuesday afternoon.  It was to be a good evening with Oldham running out 2-1 winners and Pearson being replaced with 20 minutes to go by Wales U19 international Neil Eardley (defender)

Jamie Price (Birmingham - midfielder) Was once again a substitute as the reserves lost 2-1 to Sunderland this week.  The Wales U19 midfielder has been a regular in the second string squad without actually making if off the bench on too many occasions. 

Young guns news - Sunday 18th December 2005.

Gareth Bale (Southampton - defender) + Lloyd James (Southampton - midfielder) Got 90 minutes for the reserves as they thumped Fulham 5-1 this week.  Both have been very impressive this season and will have enjoyed a run out in a very young second string that destroyed an equally young Fulham starting XI.

Mark Bradley (Walsall - defender/midfielder) Got on right at the death as the Saddlers claimed a point after playing most of the match with ten men after against Nottingham Forest.  The Wales U19 midfielder is once again on the verge of making a regular break through into the senior squad.

Stephen Cann (Derby - goalkeeper) Put in a very impressive performance as the Derby youth team beat Cogonhoe to advance to the next round of the FA Youth Cup.  The Wales U19 international strung together a series of great saves and was unlucky not to get a clean sheet as the Rams won 3-1. He was joined in the starting XI by Wales U17 international Jo Arnold (striker) and U19 international Mitchell Booth (defender).

Simon Church (Reading - striker)
Scored in the 55th minute as Reading knocked an Everton team containing Matthew Holt (defender) out of the FA Youth Cup.  The striker reacted quickest to score his sides second goal in a game which they won 3-2 after extra time.  Church qualifies for Wales through a grandfather from Newport.

David Cotterill (Bristol City - striker) The Welsh international went on a solo run, dashing past three Huddersfield defenders before coolly slotting past the goalkeeper to put his side 2-0 nil up and on the way to a welcome three points on Saturday.  The 17 year old has struggled slightly of late and has been withdrawn from the firing line by City boss Gary Johnson, but will now hope that his superb goal will see a change in fortune for him and his side.

Sean Eardley (Oldham - defender) Started the reserve team against Sheffield Utd this week.  The Wales youth international was later replaced by Bangor born Michael Pearson (defender) in the second half, who was joined by Eardley Jnr, Neil (defender) who also came off the bench after the interval.

Jamal Easter (Cardiff - striker) Is finding some form and fitness after an injury lay off during pre-season.  The Cardiff born striker scored from the penalty spot and also prodded home following a corner.  It was not to be enough though as the Bluebirds lost 3-2 to a Spurs team that had raced into a 2-0 lead.

Sean Evans (Man Utd - midfielder) Scored his sides fourth goal as the Utd U18 team ran out 4-0 winners against Wolves.  It was his sides fifth consecutive league victory which means they will return after the winter break as league leaders.  The former Shrewsbury youth team player also got his sides two goals as they beat Birmingham 2-0 to reach the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup.  The Birmingham midfield contained Wales U19 player Jamie Price.

Michael Johnston (Tranmere - defender) Got a clean sheet and a win under his belt as Tranmere thrashed Wycombe 5-0 on Wednesday night.  The Wales U19 international and his defencive colleagues kept a tight reign on the Wycombe strikers and will now look forward to entertaining Crystal Palace or Colchester in the next round of the FA Youth Cup.

Shaun MacDonald (Swansea - midfielder) Got another start under his belt as the Swans advanced even nearer to an LDV Vans Trophy date at the Millennium Stadium with a 3-1 in extra time over Peterborough.  The Wales U21 midfielder was taken off after 45 minutes, but will be pleased to see that he  is very much in the managers plans.

Lewin Nyatanga (Derby - defender) Has been praised for his attitude by manager Phil Brown after becoming a regular starter for the Rams over the past month.  It has been a steep learning curve for the 17 year old but he has been very keen to learn from any mistakes.  We also learn this week that the young centre half has pledged his international future to Wales, stating that it was too late for England. "Lewin is learning from every game.  He had one or two little hair raising moments against Preston but will learn from them.  He wants to spend time on the training ground and wants to spend time in front of the videos learning from his mistakes." Phil Brown.

Sam Wade (Trial Cardiff/striker) Who impressed during the Victory Shield campaign this year was on trial with the Cardiff U16 team last Saturday.  The Wales U15 striker scored one of his sides goals in their 4-2 loss against Spurs on Saturday.

Ben Vangucci (Rotherham - midfielder) Who I thought was a wind up the first time I was passed information on, due to the unusual surname, played nearly a full half for the Millers reserve team on Wednesday night.  The 16 year old former Aberystwyth academy player got on in the 46th minute as Rotherham beat Stoke 3-1.

Owain Warlow (Lincoln - midfielder) Was on the attack from the outset last Saturday as the Lincoln U18 team made it three wins out of three against York City.  The former Rhydfelen school pupil set up two of his sides three goals with pinpoint crosses as the Red Imps brushed aside FL Youth Alliance North & Midlands East Conference counterparts York City with a 3-1 win.

Young guns news - Monday 12th December 2005.

Lee Beevers (Lincoln - defender) Is being monitored by Crewe as they look for players to assist with the fight against relegation.  Ironically the Wales U21 international is still fighting to regain his spot in the starting XI after being suspended.

Adam Birchall (Mansfield - striker) Celebrated his 21st birthday with a goal as Mansfield escaped the embarrassment of a cup shock with a 3-0 win over Grays Athletic.  The Wales U21 international pounced after 69 minutes, scoring with a backwards header from a corner to secure his sides third goal.

Mark Bradley (Walsall- midfielder) Made the bench last Saturday as the Saddlers advanced to the next round of the FA Cup with a 2-0 win against Yeovil.  This first team squad place will boost the Wales U19 international as he strives to claim a spot on a regular basis. 

Ramon Calliste (Liverpool - striker) Must have had a smile on his face wider than the Mersey this week as he scored his sides first goal as the Liverpool reserves beat rivals Man Utd 2-0 on Monday night.  It was sweet revenge for Wales U21 international Calliste, who scored his third goal of the season and more importantly a goal against the club that released him in the summer.  "We got the important first goal and Ramon Calliste was very bright and alert and it was an excellent goal." Hugh McAuley reserve team Coach.

David Edwards (Shrewsbury - midfielder) Scored but it was not enough to stop his side from crashing out of the FA Cup to Colchester last Saturday.  The former Wales U19 international side footed home after the goal keeper had knocked down a Jamie Tolley free kick.

James Frayne (Liverpool - striker) Was on hand to prod in the winner as the Liverpool U18 team beat Wolves 2-1 last weekend.  The former Wales U17 training camp squad forward did what all good strikers do, hung around the box and waited for a chance to touch the ball home as his side took all three points.

Michael Johnston (Tranmere - defender) Was another young gun to get a start for his teams reserve side this week as the Wirral based team advanced to the knock out stage of the Pontins League Cup.  It would be a very good night for Johnston and his fellow team mates as they won 4-0.

David Jones (Man Utd/Preston - midfielder) Will find out in the next two weeks what the rest of the season has in store for him as Preston boss Billy Davies and Sir Alex discuss whether to let him stay for the rest of the season or return to Old Trafford to boost the Red Devils midfield.  "We're keeping our fingers crossed because we would like to keep him until the end of the season. He is a wonderful young player and we've thoroughly enjoyed having him here." Billy Davies.

Mark Jones (Wrexham - midfielder) Rounded off the scoring as the Dragons beat Mansfield 4-1 on Tuesday night.  The impressive midfielder completed the scoring with a lovely chip from 15 yards out over the advancing Kevin Pressman.

Kayne McLaggon (Southampton - striker) Opened the scoring for the Southampton U16 side as they won 2-1 at Ipswich last Saturday morning.  The Wales U16's hit man struck after seizing on a loose ball on the edge of the area and lashing the ball in from 25 yards. 

Lewin Nyatanga (Derby - defender) Played the full 90 minutes as the Rams beat Norwich 2-0 last week.  The Wales U21 international is now getting a regular run in the first team and will look to retain his place as Derby look to go on a run and climb into the play off positions.

Owain Warlow (Lincoln - midfielder) Set up his sides only goal as the Lincoln youth team beat Boston by a goal to nil.  The pacy winger escaped down the left before delivering a pin point cross for striker Leon Mettam to strike early. 

Marc Williams (Wrexham - striker) Notched a goal late on to get a share of the spoils as Wrexham reserves drew 1-1 with Bradford at Valley Parade.  The Wales U17 international struck low from the edge of the box with less than fifteen minutes to go.  The Red Dragon second string have now drawn all three of their group games in the  Pontins League Cup. 

Karl Yelland (defender) Returned from injury to play for qpr in the FA youth cup against aston villa, he played all 90 minutes in an entertaining game at loftus road but ended on the losing side 2-1. He has been a reguler squad member in the reserves at qpr, is settling in well and looking foward to an injury free run. 

Young guns news - Sunday 4th December 2005.

Gareth Bale (Southampton - defender)
Got another 90 minutes under his belt for the Southampton reserves as they entertained Crystal Palace.  The Wales U19 international is now getting a regular run in the reserves and will benefit from playing senior grade football.  He was joined in the starting XI in the second half as Lloyd James (midfielder) made an appearance off the bench in the 2-1 win.

Mark Bradley (Walsall - midfielder) Played the full 90 minutes as a young Saddlers reserve side beat an experienced Sheffield Utd team 2-1 this week.  Bradley has been a regular starter for the second string this season without making the full push into the first team that he made at the tail end of last season.  His goal will now surely be to make the large step and push for an U21 call. 

David Cotterill (Bristol City - striker) + Griff Jones (Bristol City - defender) + James Wilson (Bristol City - defender)  All started as the Bristol City youth team tried to advance through to the next round of the FA Youth Cup against Gillingham this week.And it was senior international Cotterill who showed the way with an inspired performance, weighing in with a goal and an assist as City breezed into the next round.  Cotterill had shown the right attitude with some honest comments about his performances which saw him substituted in the 38th minute against Doncaster last Saturday by manager Gary Johnson.  Some may have seen this as a demotion, but Cotterill saw it as a chance to put on a show.

Peter Ferris (Carlisle - striker) Is progressing slowly after his season ending knee injury. It will now take time for him to strengthen around the knee muscle.

Stuart Fleetwood (Cardiff - striker) Did not manage to get out on loan but is still keeping the competition up for reserve team striker top scorer with Andreas Feretti with a goal as the Bluebirds second string beat Bristol City 2-1 this week.  The Wales U21 international sprinted clear on the hour mark to double his sides advantage and secure the points.

Lewis Guy (Doncaster - striker) Was watched by Brian Flynn on Saturday as his side beat Bristol City by 2-0.  Guy is still apparently undecided about committing to Wales having represented England at a couple of levels below U-21. Stephen and Neil Roberts both trying to persuade him to make the right choice apparently.

Joe Carter Harris (Portsmouth - striker) + Dean Gary Harris (Portsmouth - goalkeeper) Were unused substitutes as Portsmouth reserves crashed 3-0 to Spurs on Tuesday night.  Both are qualified for Wales the former has a Welsh grandparent and the latter was born in Port Talbot.

Callum Hart (Bournemouth - defender) Is a new name to this, but a regular member of the Bournemouth starting XI.  The former Cardiff City and Bristol City defender has started the last 18 games for the senior side including last Saturday's 2-0 win against MK Dons.  The left sided defender will be 20 next month.

Lewis Haldane (Bristol Rovers - striker) Scored his sides fourth goal as they beat Plymouth Argyle 4-2 on Tuesday night.  The last season and a half has been of fits and starts for Haldane who has been out on loan and a constant substitute in the rain of Ian Atkins and now Paul Trollope.  He will once again hope that this goal who bring him closer to a starting spot, although he was slightly over shadowed in the reserve game by Jamie Forrester who got the other four goals.

Michael Johnston (Tranmere - defender) And his fellow defenders kept a clean sheet as the youth team marched into the next round of the FA Youth Cup with a 3-0 win against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road on Monday night.  The Wales U19 international is another player who missed out on a call to the last youth international set up who will be up for impressing Brian Flynn.

Liam Maloney (Preston - midfielder) Came off the subs bench to play the last 30 minutes as Preston cruised to a 2-0 win against Wrexham on Monday night.  The former Wales U17 midfielder has been a regular member of the reserves this season and will hope to force Brian Flynn's hand when he chooses his next youth get together.

Lewin Nyatanga (Derby - defender) Played another 90 minutes as Derby drew 0-0 with Brighton at the weekend.  The Rams picked up their fourth point in two games with some resolute defending and the Wales U21 captain will now hope to regain his place.

Lewis Powell (Bristol Rovers - striker) Notched up two goals as Bristol Rovers put in the seasons best performance against Bournemouth at the weekend.  Powell the former Swansea City youth team member has been struggling some what this season, but got back on track with a bang as he claimed a brace to put his side on the way to victory in front of an observant Lennie Lawrence the new director of football. "I was pleased for Lewis especially as he's a natural finisher but he's struggled a bit this season. It was a good time for him to score some goals, and hopefully they'll push him on." Tony Ricketts, Youth Team Coach

Brian Stock (Bournemouth - midfielder) Was close to joining Southampton before the transfer window closed according to Harry Redknapp. Harry Redknapp made contact with Cherries manager Sean O'Driscoll but thing didn't quite work out as the deadline time arrived. "It's difficult for me to talk about one of Sean's players, but he's a young player and I think he's got a lot of talent." Harry Redknapp.

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