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So what happened in the Falkland Islands matches?

Everything you need to know about the FA Representative XI squads matches in the South Atlantic Ocean

So what happened in the Falkland Islands matches?

On Saturday and Sunday, an FA Representative XI played a Falkland Islands team and a British Forces XI.

The match against the Falkland Islands on Saturday saw the FA side win 3-1 with the team captained by Mitchell Parker.

Hanwell Town’s Ibrahim Olutade opened the scoring for the he FA side and Jonathan Lacey from Leverstock Green doubled the lead.

The Falklands Wayne Clement pulled one back for the home side but Chalfont St Peter’s Alex Paine made it safe for the Football Association team.

Mitchell Parker captains the FA Rep team. Photo: Jody Aldridge.

Mitchell Parker captains the FA Rep team. Photo: Jody Aldridge.

Speaking about the game, Jody Aldridge, who is a wildlife photographer on the Island and supplied pictures to Football in Bracknell said the visit had been a great success: “They have been great! Lots of the community went to watch, and the excitement from the younger fans has been great – at the end of each match the kids run into the pitch in search of autographs.”

A post on the FITV facebook page said: “What a fantastic performance from the Falkland Islands team. Having gone into half time 2 goals down they fought brilliantly in the second half, brining the score back to 2-1 after Cleggs dispossessed an FA XI midfielder before whipping his cross on to the head of Wayne Clement who hammered home. The third goal conceded was a penalty about ten minutes from time, though there could’ve been more goals if not for a string of brilliant saves by Ross Peters and all around defensive play by the team.”

Sunday vs British Forces

On Sunday, Bracknell Town striker Liam Ferdinand scored twice for the FA side as they came from 2-0 down to beat the forces side while former Reading City forward Mitchell Parker scored a penalty.

Chris Hurton scored twice for the forces and Ferdinand’s strikes came either side of Parker’s penalty.

Aldridge added some colour to proceedings for FiB: “On Sunday against BFSAI final score was 3 – 2 to the FA Representative team. BFSAI were 2-0 up at half time thanks to Cpl Chris Hurton scoring both goals. The FA came back to have the score equal and then flew in another on the 85th minute. Goal scorer for the Falklands on Saturday was Wayne Clement.”

All pictures and additional reporting courtesy Jody Aldridge and Falkland Islands Government. More pictures here.

Tom Canning

Tom is the co-editor of Football in Berkshire. He has played at the lowest possible level of football. In real life Tom works for Reach PLC. Former manager of Binfield Ladies in the Thames Valley Women's League.

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