With The New Saints one point away from winning their eighth Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League title, there has already been a lot to cheer for The Saints after the TNS Under 19’s won the WPL Development League.
Steve Evans has masterminded his youngsters to 23 victories out of 26 games in all competitions this season, as well as securing a spot in the FAW Welsh Youth Cup Final.
Evans’ side played 20 League games this season and scored an incredible 86 goals along the way. Taylor James was the top scorer with a sensational 27 goals, followed by the ever impressive Ryan Kershaw, who scored a superb 16 goals from midfield.
The Welsh International expressed his happiness after winning the WPL Development league and said, ‘It has been a great season but the manner of the victory in the last league game of the season was brilliant. We played second placed Gap Connah’s Quay and in the first half we were fantastic. The attitude was first class and the lads really went out in style. They have been magnificent all season and they are a pleasure to work with. We set out to win the league at the start of the season. We were runners up in the league last year, so we have gone one better this time and we have gone two stages further than we went in the FAW Youth Cup.’
The former Wrexham defender confirmed that it will be a tough game against the Swans but anything is possible in football and is quietly confident of guiding his side to another trophy, ‘Now that we have wrapped up the league, we must focus on the FAW Welsh Youth Cup Final against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium. We are all looking forward to the game and we know it is going to be tough but I believe that my players are good enough to beat them. I am sure that we will show Swansea how good we are and we will definitely go into the game thinking that we can win. We will be the underdogs but I have told my players from the start, that if they go out on the pitch and believe in each other like I believe in them, then we can get a result against anybody. I am quietly confident of getting a result as anything is possible in football. I am sure it will be a great occasion for the lads.’
The FAW Welsh Youth Cup Final against Swansea City will take place at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium. The match will kick off at 19:00pm.