Young Saints secure Silverware

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TNS celebrate lifting the North East Wales Challenge Cup

The New Saints beat Flint Town 8-7 in a dramatic penalty shoot-out to, secure the North East Wales Challenge Cup.

Steve Evans and his side had been two nil down before a brave fight back resulted in the game finishing two each, thanks to goals from Taylor James and Rhys Cooper.

The terrible weather conditions in Brymbo made it very difficult for The Saints to take control of the game and with the rain pouring down, the Oswestry based outfit struggled to find the break through.

In the second half, Flint Town came out of the blocks the fastest and took the lead after capitalising on a misplaced pass by The Saints. Moments later and the Flintshire side doubled their lead after the TNS defence had failed to clear a long free kick.

However, the score line inspired The Saints who battled back emphatically. Taylor James raced through on goal and confidently finished to reduce the deficit, after some great play down the right side.

Five minutes later, the scores were level. Rhys Cooper reacted quickest to a loose ball after Nayim Arsan struck a ferocious shot, which could only be parried by the Flint goalkeeper.

TNS who were now full of confidence carried on pushing forward but were unable to find the elusive winning goal and therefore had to settle for what was set to be a nervy penalty shoot-out, after the game had finished 2-2.

The penalties were confidently taken from both sets of teams before TNS ‘keeper Josh Roberts, superbly saved leaving Aaron Simms with the chance to win it for his team. Simms, who has featured for the first team this season, stepped up confidently and slotted the ball in to secure the Cup for TNS.

The New Saints line up was Joshua Roberts, Aaron Simms, Adam Davies, Ollie Beaman, Alan Jones, Ryan Kershaw,  Rhys Cooper, Dan Weir, Taylor James, Jack Welsh and Naim Arsan.