Academy Round Up 16/09/14

Under 8s

The squad – Lewiz Jones (GK), Josh Burnett, Riley Griffiths (Cpt ) , Luke Rossow, Josh Anders, Rhys Pettigrew, Sam Aplin, Joe Drummond, Owen Booty and Dylan Davies.

The Under 8’s put in a fantastic performance against an age group above, controlling the game for large parts. They played fantastic quick 1/2 touch passing of a standard way above their age.

We fell two behind within the first 5 mins. Through some sloppy defending and lack of concentrating. Josh Anders gave us hope going into the second half with a great run through 4 Airbus players before calmly slotting home. We were level a few mins later when the ever reliable Sam Aplin controlled the ball neatly and fired home the equalizer.

There didn’t look like there was an age gap as the Under 8’s pressed for an equalizer but some top saves of the Airbus keeper kept it level.  We were our own worst enemies as we piled forward for the winner and Airbus caught us on the break with a few mins to go.

But a fantastic effort from all. Kieran; the coach said ” The lads showed a real commitment and desire today, and were unlucky to come home with nothing” “On the other hand though at this age it’s not about the result; it’s about the development, and the lads played some great 1/2 touch passing, and played some fantastic football”

Our next game is away this Saturday to Vauxhall Motors.

Under 11s

The under 11s won 13-3, away at Airbus. A hatrick from Thomas Potts and 4 josh Locke, Jay lea, TJ, Harry Owen, Tom Williams and Harry Holland. Pitch was bumpy and had play slightly more direct due to state of pitch. The lads did really well and 4 wonder goals was scored from 30 yards.

Under 12s

Bala 7 TNS 4

As the score line reflects, it was a very good game in Bala. A little disappointing as we raced to a 3 nil lead, (goals from Ben Buley and two from Jack Brindley) only to let it slip in the first half with it ending 4-3 to Bala. Both teams continued to attack and more goals came in the 2nd half, TNS scoring through Kyle McLoad.

The squad included: David Williams, Louie Millington, Max Pritchard, Regan Jones, Mathew Marshall Liam Rawlings, Luke Wicks, Jack Brindley, Morgan Daykin, Ben Buley, Alfie Martin, Kyle McLoad

Under 13s

TNS Under 13’s beat Flint away from home 1-0, thanks to a well worked goal from Owen Cartwright in the first half. The TNS team who has won at Connahs Quay beating them 5-0 the week before, started brightly, creating a few chances with Tai Jones and Isaac Dawson being the threat going forward. They eventually made the break through after great work down the right hand side, created the opportunity for the ball to be played across goal where Owen Cartwright came in from the left and took his goal very well. The second half was more of a difficult game, against the Flint team that only lost one game last season. The TNS defence came under a lot of pressure in the second half but Ryan McVeagh, Daniel Sumner, and goalkeeper Alex Clarke did very well to keep their clean sheet. The young saints showed real grit and determination to see the game out, with every player in the 17 man squad playing a huge part.

(GK) Robert Johnson (Alex Clarke 30 mins) Lewis Gorman (Kai Jackson 30 mins) Ryan McVeagh Daniel Sumner Cameron James (Keane Marks 30 mins) Liam Davies (Owen Cartwright 30 mins) Toby Roberts Max Kulbida Thomas Richards-Lyon (Luis Edwards 30 mins) Isaac Dawson Tai Jones (Eric Brown 30 mins)

Under 14s

Bala 3 TNS 4

TNS 14s got their league campaign off with a narrow victory against a hard working Bala team. Darren Evans staring the scoring early in the first half with a nice finish after a Sam Jones through ball from the back. Bala equalised and shortly after took the lead with 2 very well took goals. Jack Vale equalised shortly before half time, getting brought down on the edge of the Bala area after a mazy run from inside his own half, picking himself up and dusting off before putting the resulting free kick out of the keepers reach. Started the second half very well. James Parry on the left was causing all sorts of problems. He scored two goals to give TNS a 4-2 lead. Despite further chances couldn’t get that 5th to put us out of sight. Bala scored their 3rd to make a tense finish but the game finished 4-3. Nice to start the season with a victory. I don’t think it was our best performance, so to win still against a decent Bala outfit was good. The decision making in the final third needs to be a bit better. Saying that we did create a lot of chances and restricted them to only a few, on another day the scoreline could of been a lot different. Jack Vale was outstanding all game, really taking it to Bala. Looking forward to next weekend’s game and improving.

The squad included: Lewis Dutton, Owen Platt, Tom Halliday, Sam Jones, Callum Murphy, James Parry, James Gregory Cork, Dan Smith, Jack Vale, Jacob Barrett, Darren Evans, Jordan Tipping, Tomos Williams


Darren Evans
Jack Vale
James Parry
James Parry

Under 15s

TNS travelled to Flint to continue their excellent form and to keep the unbeaten run going.
TNS started very brightly and had alot of possession early doors. Dennis Bates picked the ball up, deep inside his own half and played it out to Sean Kiff, making his TNS debut out wide and he beat his marker and crossed for Harry Jenks who headed it just over the bar. TNS continued to pass the ball around and deserved their goal. Tom Hanlon played a 1-2 with Will Dunne and drove down the right before cutting in and played to Peter Fletcher whose shot was only parried by the keeper for Tom to slot in the net. TNS continued their excellant football and scored another goal through Sean Kiff, who was 1st to react to the ball after the keeper saved a Tom Hanlon shot. Steve made 6 changes and the Flint lads took advantage of the changes and pulled a goal back. The goal gave Flint a lift and they were awarded a penalty after their striker was clipped on the edge of the box. Zak Dobie playing in goal in the absence of Ben Crump managed to get a hand to the penalty but didn’t quit get enough on the ball. Within 10 minutes Flint were awarded another penalty, again Zak Dobie came close to getting a hand on the ball. Flint went in 3-2 up at the break.

The lads were encouraged to keep the ball moving and play it simple to feet. The lads won the ball back straight from the kick off and Sean Phelan played the ball to Cameron Simpson who  crossed for Ryan Smith who just put it past the post. TNS got back on top of the game and Dennis Bates and Sean Kiff started to control the tempo. TNS deserved their equaliser, Will Evans played the ball to Sean Phelan who held off his marker and played an inch perfect through ball to Billy Minshall who picked it up in his stride before smashing the ball past the keeper into the top corner.  TNS had an extra spring in their step and had alot of the ball. Billy Minshall got on the score sheet again soon after his 1st. Cameron Simpson chased a through ball, beat his man and played an inch perfect pass to Billy who put the ball below the advancing keeper. TNS passed the ball with confidence and soon scored another goal through Cameron Simpson. Sean Phelan collected the ball and played in Cameron who beat the keeper to the ball and calmly slotted the ball into the empty net. Within 2 minutes TNS scored their sixth goal and Billy Minshall’s third. The move started deep in the TNS half and Cameron played the ball out to Billy who beat his marker and curled the ball into the top corner from just inside the box, to complete his hatrick. Harry Jenks, Cameron Simpson and Peter Fletcher had  chances to score but couldn’t beat the Flint keeper. The game ended Flint 3-6 TNS.
” It was a very good workout for the lads again this week, Flint made it very hard for us in the 1st half but 2nd half we controlled it from 1st whistle to last. We played some excellant football and deserved the 2 goal lead. I made 6 changes all at once, to give lads playing time and it disrupted the rhythm we had. We gifted them their goals with the 2 penalties and we had an opportunity to clear the ball for their other goal. I just asked the lads to relax more and play the ball to feet 2nd half, they were all disappointed the way they gifted Flint their goals and the way they responded 2nd half was superb. It was great to see Sean Kiff pull on the shirt after missing the previous games due to a broken arm and to score on his debut was brilliant. It was an excellent hatrick by Billy Minshall and to be honest it has been coming for a while. Billy has been working hard on getting into the box and today it has paid off. We have another game next Sunday at home  and want to continue this unbeaten run going against Druids with a 10am Kick Off.”
TNS Squad:
Zak Dobie, Rhys Thomas, Taps Kamutasa, Jamie Monk, Steve Mcdonnal, Dennis Bates, Sean Kiff, Peter Fletcher, Tom Hanlon, Will Dunne, Harry Jenks, Sean Phelan, Ryan Smith, Cameron Simpson, Rob Reynolds, Billy Minshall, Will Evans,

Scorers for TNS:
Tom Hanlon 1
Sean Kiff 1
Cameron Simpson 1
Billy Minshall 3

Pictures from Under 14s game away at Bala Town DSC_0200a DSC_0128a DSC_0141a DSC_0151a