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Football: Bradley Reid hoping for Victory Shield call-up

A FLINTSHIRE hotshot is hoping to score his way to victory after a call-up from the Wales under 16 squad, writes Daniel Burns.

Bradley Reid, from Eryrys, near Mold, has returned from a tournament in Ireland and is now hoping to be part of Wales’ Victory Shield squad, a tournament for schoolboys that is screened live by Sky Sports.

The Wrexham Academy starlet joined Wales’ finest young footballers in representing the country and could not have done more to impress his coaches, scoring twice on his debut against the Republic of Ireland.

The Wales team went on to win three and draw one of their four games and they returned from Dublin triumphant after winning this year’s Tri-Nations Tournament.

However, the 15 year-old, who came to the attention of the Welsh FA after netting a number of goals in Wrexham’s Academy, must now play the waiting game as Welsh selectors ponder their Victory Shield squad.

Bradley’s father David said: “His aim is now to get into the Victory Shield squad, which is the Great British Schoolboys Championships. It’s what all the kids are aiming for.”

“Wales play Switzerland around August time before the selection for the squad and we are hopeful that he will impress.”

The Victory Shield is a schoolboys tournament for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland under 16s to battle out.

In the past superstars such Kenny Dalglish, Ian Rush, Mark Hughes, Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney have all taken part in the competition.