The TNS Under 19’s secured the Under 19 WPL Championship on Wednesday night by beating Aberystwyth Town 2-0 thanks to goals from Taylor James and Ryan Kerhsaw.
The vastly improved home side made it difficult for Steve Evans’ Saints but despite controlling the vast majority of the first half, The Saints couldn’t find a way through.
The first half ended goalless with the home side only ever looking dangerous on the counter attack.
The second half was similar to the first in that TNS had a lot of possession and were unlucky not to break the deadlock after two incredible goalmouth scrambles were both cleared.
However, with 20 minutes to play, the ever impressive Kershaw scored another superb individual goal. The midfielder picked the ball up on the half way line and ghosted past four players, before slotting past the goalkeeper into the bottom corner.
Ten minutes later and James doubled the lead. After putting pressure on the home defence, he nipped in between the goalkeeper and the last defender to coolly lob the ball over the ‘keeper and into the empty net.
The win ensured that The Under 19’s had secured the title with one game left to play and the manager was full of praise for his young side, ‘The players deserve tremendous credit for how they have acquitted themselves this season. Every single one of them has been superb. Every game and everyday in training they have given their all and you can’t ask for more than that. The win tonight was a great win considering how much was at stake. Sometimes with young players when they realise what’s at stake it can affect them but they were brilliant tonight. It was a perfect performance which showed how far they have come this season. I’m over the moon with them all. We’ll enjoy tonight have a few days off then prepare for our game Sunday. Then we’ll be preparing for our FAW Welsh Cup Final against Swansea City.’
Assistant manager Gordon Evans also paid special praise to the players adding, ‘They’ve been a real credit to the club and themselves all season. It’s been a privilege to be part of such a great squad.’
The TNS Under 19 team consisted of Stewart Evans, Luke Douglas, Connor Rogers, James Jones, Jordan Wells, Ryan Kershaw, Dylan Jones, Fisnik Hajdari, Taylor James, Ryan Edwards and Harrison Millington.