County youngsters triumph in charity match

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A NEWPORT County Under-17s team ran out 6-0 winners when they travelled to take on an RTB Ebbw Vale Under-18s team in a charity friendly match at Eugene Cross Park on Wednesday night.

Played in aid of Joe's Fund, an appeal to raise £20,000 for treatment the NHS does not fund for local breast cancer sufferer Joe Hendy, the match raised more than £500 from a £2 entry fee and a bucket collection.

County's team was made up of members of this season title-winning U16s squad and first-year scholars (the club's full-time apprentice professionals).

The story of the night, however, was 20-year-old Ben Coles.

The former County youth team striker broke a leg playing for the first team in the Gwent Senior Cup Final against Croesyceiliog in May 2011.

Three years and three operations later, Coles finally played again as he came on as a second half substitute against RTB and scored two goals, a free kick and a penalty.

County's other goals in an enjoyable match played in the right spirit came from Ben Brooks (2), Dan Raymond and Sam James.

County XI: Harries, Porter, Parselle (captain), James, Poole, Owen-Jones, Ward, Wainwright, Brooks, Raymond, Collins. Subs: Zanotti, Shepard, Bamford, Coles.

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