On Thursday 30 October the Under 14s and Under 15s travelled to Cardiff City Academy.
Cardiff City 2 TNS Under 14s 1
The squad included:
Tom Jones, Owen Platt, Tom Halliday, Sam Jones, Callum Murphy, James Gregory Cork, Dan Smith, Jack Vale, Jacob Barrett, James Parry, Darren Evans, Harry Bower, Liam Ihekwoaba, Tom Halliday, Luke Sussex, Jordan Tipping, Tomos Williams
The New Saints academy U14s travelled down to Cardiff City Academy for a half term midweek fixture. TNS were hoping to get off to a good start but Jason Brindley’s plans were undone straight away as Cardiff took the lead after 45 seconds, a defensive mix up allowing the Cardiff forward an easy tap in. Cardiff used this as a platform and kept pressing TNS all over the pitch, not allowing the traveling team to settle. It took a while to seem to get going but slowly started getting into rhythm, Jacob Barrett and Jack Vale both going close. With the score 1-0 the game started flowing, both teams playing attacking football, end to end. That statement non truer then when James Gregory Corks dipping shot from range came back off the Cardiff bar with the keeper beaten, the resulting break ending with Cardiff lobbing Lewis Dutton in goal to the endeavour of his teammates who seemed relieved with the clock winding down. However TNS hadn’t given up and pulled one back, Jack Vale picking up the ball in the box after a corner and rounding a defender before finally beating the keeper, who was in inspiring form. TNS hadn’t finished and pushed till the final whistle, both Darren Evans and James Parry before the keeper made a crucial save to keep out Tomos Williams at the death. The final score, a very entertaining game finishing Cardiff City 2-1 The New Saints
After the game, Jason Brindley had this to say:
Good day and experience for the team today. They really gave everything and were desperately unlucky at times. We let ourselves down in the early period, I’m not sure if it was the journey down or the lack of sufficient time to properly warm up but we just didn’t turn up. We had a game plan for the opening stage, keep it tight and see what this Cardiff team were about but obviously that’s all undone with conceding after 40 seconds. It took us a while to get going today but once we did the game was very exciting. On a normal day the chances we created would of been enough to see off a team. Unfortunately for us we found the Cardiff keeper in fantastic form, he wasn’t the tallest lad but he made a lot of great saves, at crucial times. We were missing a couple of players so had to rejig positions slightly but I’m really pleased with the fight and desire I saw from each boy. To see them come off the pitch disappointed for not getting a result against Cardiff City, after maybe deserving too is a result in a coach’s opinion. It shows we are doing something right and creating the right type of players with the correct mindset.
Cardiff City 4 TNS Under 15s 0
The format was 4 x 20 minute games
The boys arrived at Cardiff City looking to build on their excellent performances against Man City and Connahs Quay last weekend. Cardiff started very brightly and scored after 10 minutes with a well worked goal. The TNS lads struggled to get a foot on the ball against a very hard working, organised Cardiff team. The TNS lads could only stand and observe the quality of Cardiff’s 2nd goal a 25 yard screamer top bin. The lads were told to close the gap between midfield and defence to prevent the Cardiff players playing behind. This worked and forced them to play long. TNS began to enjoy a lot of possession with Will Dunne, Zak Dobie and Tom Hanna in midfield finding space. Sean Kiff ran down the left wing and crossed for Sean Phelan to rise above his marker, but his header went straight at the keeper. TNS had several half chances through Sean Kiff, Will Dunne and a long range Zak Dobbie effort.
The 3rd quarter started with TNS on the attack. Jamie Monk dispossessed the Cardiff striker and his pass found Taps Kamutasa un marked out wide and his through ball picked out Sean Kiff and his cross was met by Tom Hanna but his shot was deflected for a corner. The resulting corner was headed jut over by Rhys Thomas. The game was wide open with both teams looking for a goal. It was Cardiff who found the back of the net, with a well worked team goal. The goal lifted TNS and they continued to play football and looked to score. Sean Phelan was lively up front and saw his shot go past the post with the keeper beaten. It was Cardiff that taken their chance again with an excellent team goal.
The final quarter kicked off with the TNS lads told to continue playing football and to enjoy themselves. TNS lads took control of the game and passed the ball around and went close through a Sean Phelan effort. Taps Kamutasa slipped a through ball for Cameron Simpson to cross for Sean Phelan to go agonisingly close. The lads grew in confidence and kept Cardiff penned in their own half. Cameron Simpson controlled the ball on his chest and hit his volley goal bound only for the Cardiff keeper to somehow tip the ball over the bar. Tom Hanna picked the ball up and drove at the defence and his through ball was picked up by Sean Kiff and his 1st time shot went the wrong side of the post. As the game was coming into the final stages Sean Phelan, Tom Hanna and Cameron Simpson all went close.
Steve Monk commented “The lads were 2nd best in the 1st quarter, understandably after the bus journey and Cardiff passed the ball around with ease. We just discussed getting the defence and midfield closer together and force them into going long. We continued to play football but all credit to Cardiff, both goals were superb, with 1 touch football at its best. We had a lot of possession last quarter and I thought we kept them penned in to their own half. We had 3 or 4 clear chances to score, last quarter. I thought Cam’s effort was goal of the season but the save was amazing. All credit to Cardiff they were very organised and disciplined, some of their football was 1st class. Their manager has told the lads it was a very good test for their players especially were they had to defend for long periods during the game, making it hard to play their normal counter attacking game. Cardiff took their chances and unfortunately we couldn’t. We will go back in to training next week and look forward to our next game against Cefn Druids away 16th November.”
TNS Squad: Ben Crump, Aron Jones, Will Evans, Jamie Monk, Steve Mcdonnell, Zak Dobie, Tom Hanna, Taps Kamutasa, Sean Kiff, Cameron Simpson, Sean Phelan, Rhys Thomas, Will Dunne.
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