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Victory Shield
(U16 Boys)

The Victory Shield was presented to the International Board in 1923 by Lord Invernairn.  Originally a trophy for senior international charity matches immediately after WW1, it is currently contested for by U16 Boys selects representing the Associations within the United Kingdom and Ireland.  The Football Association took over the team from the ESFA in 1997 and withdrew the U16 England team from the competition in 2015.

Past winners of the Victory Shield since WW2, including occasions on which the award has been shared, have been:

1946-47                Scotland

1947-48                Scotland

1948-49                Wales

1949-50                England

1950-51                England, Scotland & Wales

1951-52                England

1952-53                England

1953-54                England

1954-55                England

1955-56                Scotland

1956-57                England

1957-58                England

1958-59                Scotland

1959-60                England

1960-61                Scotland

1961-62                Scotland

1962-63                England

1963-64                England

1964-65                England

1965-66                England

1966-67                England

1967-68                Scotland & England

1968-69                Scotland

1969-70                Scotland

1970-71                England

1971-72                Scotland

1972-73                England

1973-74                Scotland

1974-75                England

1975-76                England

1976-77                England

1977-78                England & Scotland

1978-79                England

1979-80                England & Scotland

1980-81                England & Scotland

1981-82                Scotland

1982-83                England & Scotland

1983-84                England

1984-85                England

1985-86                England & Scotland

1986-87                England

1987-88                Scotland

1988-89                Scotland

1989-90                England

1990-91                England, Scotland & Wales

1991-92                England

1992-93                Scotland

1993-94                England

1994-95                England

1995-96                England

1996-97                Scotland & England

1997-98                Scotland

1998-99                Scotland

1999-00                England

2000-01                Northern Ireland

2001-02                England

2002-03                England

2003-04                Scotland & England

2004-05                England

2005-06                England & Wales

2006-07                England

2007-08                England

2008-09                England

2009-10                England

2010-11                England

2011-12                England

2012-13               England

2013-14                Scotland

2014-15                Wales

2015 -16               Wales

2016-17                Republic of ireland

2018-19               NORTHERN IRELAND

2019-20               Wales & Scotland

2020-21               Not Played

2021-22               Wales & Scotland

SAFIB Victory Shield 2021
17 October
Scotland 1 Republic of Ireland 0
Northern Ireland 0 Wales 2

Victory Shield day 1
  played won drawn lost points
Wales 1 1 0 0 3
Scotland 1 1 0 0 3
RoIreland 1 0 0 1 0
N Ireland 1 0 0 1 0

Match report
Wales came out 2-0 winners in their opening game in the 2021 Victory Shield against hosts Northern Ireland at Seaview. Wales opened the scoring midway through the first half when Welsh striker Freddie Issaka contested a high ball on the edge of the Northern Ireland penalty area, the ball falling kindly for him to fire home. The hosts nearly pulled a goal back after 32 minutes when full-back Brendan Hamilton hit the post with a great shot from the edge of the area. Northern Ireland pushed for an equaliser in the second half with Francis Turley impressing in midfield. However, in time added on, Wales sealed their win when substitute Alfie Cunningham slotted home from close range.
Result- Northern Ireland 0 Wales 2

An intreging game was played out at the brand new Harland and Wolff Welders FC's new ground - three days old! - between Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.  Both teams were evenly matched and the game keenly contested with shots on goal in short supply, mainly down to excellent work by both defences.  Following some good approach work Alfie Bavidge broke the dealock in the 16th minute unleasing a strongly hit shot from 20 yds which took a slight deflection to beat Jason Healy in the Republic goal.  The game was nip and tuck for the duration with Scotland proving resiliant enough to contain the enthusiastic Republic attacks.  Trent Doherty caught the eye early on and proved to be a nuisance down the right flank but resilient Scottish defending saw them finish with all three points.
Result- Scotland 1 Republic of Ireland 0

Victory Shield Day 2

Wales came out narrow 2-1 winners in their second game of three in the 2021 Victory Shield. Their opponents at a wet Seaview were the Republic of Ireland. Wales opened impressively scoring after 15 minutes of the first half when Welsh striker Callum Hardy slotted a through ball past the advancing Republic keeper. The Welsh dominated most of the half and began the second half where they had left off before the interval. After 41 minutes Joe Belmont fired home from close range. The Republic pulled a goal back after 49 minutes when centre back Adam Queally headed in direct from a corner. The Republic pushed for another goal looking dangerous from crosses and corners, but an equaliser was not to be.
Result- Republic of Ireland 1 Wales 2

In a keenly contested game at H&W Welders the hosts managed to record their first win in this season’s competition. After a cagey and cautious opening period the game burst into life when Kieran Morrison sold a wonderful dummy to free himself of the close attention of the Scots defenders and burst through on the right flank to send a fierce 20yd shot into the bottom corner of the net. The blue touchpaper was lit and both teams battled for dominance but the defenders were getting the better of the contests. Northern Ireland won a penalty in the 25th minute which was well saved by the Scottish custodian Sam Kane. The game fizzed at both ends but the defenders were continually coming out on top and as the game moved towards a conclusion the heavens opened but the Belfast monsoon could not dampen the joy of the hosts in gaining their first win.
Result- Northern Ireland 1 Scotland 0

Victory Shield day 2
  P W D L Pts
Wales 2 2 0 0 6
Northern Ireland 2 1 0 1 3
Scotland 2 1 0 1 3
Republic of Ireland 2 0 0 2 0

Day 3

The final day of this year’s Victory Shield saw Wales against Scotland in the morning game at H&W Welders FC. Wales were going for the clean sweep but Scotland had different ideas and put on their best display of the week. Rory MacLeod opened the scoring in the 25th minute with Alfie Bavidge doubling the tally in the minute before half time. The second half was a feisty battle but with no further goals Scotland managed to grab a share of this seasons Victory Shield.

Wales 0 Scotland 2

The afternoon ‘battle of the Irish’ was another closely contested game with the Republic determined not to go home pointless. Ciaran O’Hara and Kieran Morrison both had good efforts saved by Jason Healy in the Republic goal before Cillian Mullvihill found the back of the net to give the Republic the first half lead. The second half was nip and tuck with nothing settled until Trent Doherty sealed the victory with a goal in the last minute.

Republic of Ireland 2 Northern Ireland 0

Final Table 2021
  P W D L Pts
Scotland 3 2 0 1 6
Wales 3 2 0 1 6
Republic of Ireland 3 1 0 2 3
Northern Ireland 3 1 0 2 3

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