Academy Round Up 15/16 November 2014

Under 8s  (15/11/14)

TNS 4 Cardiff Dev 3

Goal scorers: Rhys Pettigrew, Josh Andrews, James Nutthal, Sam Aplin

Team consisted of – Lewiz Jones GK, (Josh Anders GK, second half), Josh Burnett, Riley Griffiths, (Kyran Scott, second half), James Nutthall, (Will Beckett, second half), Alfie Harrison, (Sam Aplin, second half, Rhys Pettigrew, ( Joe Drummond, second half)

In a very entertaining match the Under 8’s battled out a well earned 15th win from 18 games this season. Scorers were Rhys Pettigrew, Josh Anders, James Nutthall and Sam Aplin.

Cardiff Dev were a very good side, you could see their coaches had spent a lot of time with them, and their passing game was the best we’ve played this season. TNS raced into a 2-0 lead, only to be pegged back to 2-1 after a keeper error, the lads retook their 2 goal advantage with a James Nutthall header, and after being pegged back again Sam completed TNS’s scoring. When Cardiff made it 4-3 with 10 mins to go, the game was far from over. And only backs against the wall defending from everyone ensured a fantastic victory.

Under 8’s Manager Kieran Lee-Birch said ” the lads have gave absolutely everything today, nobody left that pitch with anything else to give. We did really well to get the lead, but silly individual errors cost us again but credit to the lads they gave their all for each other to secure the win. I say to them every week, with the lads we have up top all we have to do is keep in tight at the back and we’ll win games. What’s more pleasing though is the manner we win games, developing in every training, every match! Counter-Attacking football is very hard to understand at a young age, but they’re doing it really well, everyone of these lads has a future, and I can’t wait to help them on that patch”

The 8’s next match is a massive experience as they’re away at one of the leading Academy’s in the country when they face Crewe Alexander!


Under 12s  (16/11/14)

Bangor City 5 TNS 2

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

Goal scorers: Alfie Martin, Ben Buley

TNS started slowly against a team who looked much stronger.  We struggled to play our passing game as Bangor closed us down very quickly.  After 9 minutes a ball was played across goal and ended up in the goal after coming off a defender.  5 minutes later a long ball split the midfield and defenders and the Bangor forward reacted with a good finish, unfortunately a mix up from the back ended up with a 3rd goal for Bangor in an disappointing 8 minute period.

In the 2nd half TNS woke up a little and started to compete.  After 34 minutes Alfie Martin slotted the ball home after good work from Morgan Daykin (3-1).  With the reshuffle of players it looked a much more even half.  Bangor had good chances but found goalkeeper David Williams in great form.  However they did score after 42 minutes (4-1).  TNS continued to compete and got a goal back with a good finish from Ben Buley after 50 minutes (4-2). Bangor completed the scoring with a goal in the last minute to make the score 5-2.

Coach Mark Evans was disappointed with the performance today, especially first half.  We were 2nd best in every area.  The second half was a more even affair, we did compete more and created some goal scoring opportunities but had David Williams in goal to thank for some excellent saves.


Under 13s  (16/11/14)

TNS 3 Cefn Druids 0

Goal scorers:  Eric Brown(2), Lewis Gorman

TNS 13’s continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 3-0 away win to Cefn Druids. The game started fairly even with both teams seeing a lot of the ball. The first ten minutes of the game were scrappy with no real chances created. TNS then took a foot hold in the game and kept possession for a long period, this then leaded to the first goal when Eric Brown scored his first of the game after capitalising on a loose ball in the box. The remainder of the first half was more of the same with TNS seeing a lot of the ball and Cefn Druids trying to create chances on the counter attack.

Second half started similar to the first half with both teams having their fair share of possession. TNS scored their second goal from a corner when striker Eric Brown took his chance within the box again and their final goal was again from within the box when defender Lewis Gorman finished from close range with his first goal for the club. The end period of the second half was more of the same with TNS seeing a lot of the ball and keeping possession well.

Robert Johnson – Alex Clarke (30mins), Cameron James – Keane Marks (30mins), Lewis Gorman, Ryan McVeagh, Kai Jackson, Isaac Dawson – Callum Evans (30 mins), Toby Roberts – Luis Edwards (30 mins), Max Kulbida – Joey Suckley (30 mins), Liam Davies – Owen Cartwright (30 mins), Eric Brown – Jack Aplin (30 mins), Tai Jones – Eric Brown (30 mins)


Under 14s   (16/11/14)

Bangor City 2 TNS 4

The squad included: Lewis Dutton, Owen Platt, Haci Ozlu, Sam Jones, Luke Sussex,  Jack Vale, Dan Smith, James Gregory Cork, James Parry, Jacob Barrett, Darren Evans, Liam Ihekwoaba, Tom Halliday, Jordan Tipping, Harry Bower

Goal scorers: Darren Evans (2), Dan Smith, Jack Vale

TNS 14s made the trip to Bangor hoping to be the first team to take points off an inform Bangor City this season.

TNS got off to a great start, striker Darren Evans converting Jacob Barrett’s corner in the first minute. Celebrations were cut short however, a lapse in concentration at the back allowing the Bangor striker a tap in.
TNS responded almost instantly, James Parry putting through a ball that Darren Evans latched onto and lifted it over the sliding keeper for a fantastic goal. 3 minutes 3 goals, not a bad start for the neutral. TNS started taking control of the game, playing some fantastic one touch pass and move football, restricting Bangor to silly fouls. One of these fouls resulted in a free kick 35 yards out. Sam Jones took the free kick, the ball dropped to captain Dan Smith ago made no mistake from 6 yards out.

Half time: TNS 3-1 Bangor City

Second half started well, Jack Vale scoring a fantastic goal from the edge of the area, opening his body and sliding the ball into the corner almost effortlessly. Jacob Barrett thought he had made it 5, dispossessing the Bangor fullback out wide and chipping the keeper in off the far post. However the referee said that the ball had gone out for a Bangor throw. The second half was a lot more stop start, both teams making silly fouls. Bangor scored their second 13 minutes into the second half. TNS had a couple of changes to add to the score late on but the score finished:

TNS 14s 4-2 Bangor City

After the game we caught up with coach Jason Brindley, who had this to say:
“I’m really pleased today, not just because of the victory, but because of the manner of it. Bangor City were the inform team, they hadn’t dropped points yet this season, the only team not too in fact. Yet we restricted them to hacking at our players. At times today we were first class and they couldn’t get near us. To come here and play our game to that standard is a testament to ourselves. Now we are the inform team, the players believe in themselves and I believe in them too. We can’t rest though, there are always areas to improve. The players know this and have identified individual ways to improve. Giving players ownership creates thinking players which is what we try to do at The New Saints Academy. A fantastic environment for all budding future football players.”


Under 15s   (16/11/14)

TNS 5 Cefn Druids 0

Squad from;
Ben Crump, Aron Jones, Will Evans, Jamie Monk, Steve Mcdonnell, Zak Dobie, Will Dunne, Ryan Smith, Billy Minshall, Tom Hanna, Harry Jenks, Sean Phelan, Sean Kiff, Rob Reynolds, Peter Fletcher, Cameron Simpson.

Goal scorers: Sean Kiff(2), Zak Dobie, Cameron Simpson, Rob Reynolds

The lads travelled to Cefn Druids and continued were they left off 3 weeks ago when we last played.

The game started at a hectic pace with a lot of misplaced passes by both teams.
TNS captain Will Dunne got the lads to put their foot on the ball and start playing football.
They started to do this and before long took a well deserved lead through Zak Dobie. Jamie Monk played the ball out from defence out wide to Will Evans who played the ball inside to Zak, shifted the ball out to Ryan Smith and the return pass was smashed into the back of the net by Zak. The goal lifted TNS and they started to control the game. Druids worked very hard getting bodies behind the ball and made it hard for the lads. Changes were made and the instructions were to just be patient on the ball and not to force the passes. Sean Kiff and Will Evans combined well down the left and started to cause Druids all sorts of problems. TNS won a corner and Sean Kiff played an inch perfect pass for Rob Reynolds to head home. It was soon 3-0 to TNS.  Will and Sean combined down the left again and played inside to Will Dunne. He turned his man played the ball to Zak who played an inch perfect pass behind the defender for Sean Kiff to beat the keeper from inside the box.

The 2nd half started as the 1st one ended with TNS wining the ball back and going onto the attack with Sean Phelan playing in Cameron Simpson but his shot went just passed the post. Peter Fletcher was enjoying a lot of the ball and started to get behind the Druids midfield and fed the ball into the path of Cameron to fire home from the edge of the box. Steve McDonnell intercepted the ball in the TNS defence and ran forward in to the Druids half and played it out wide to Rob Reynolds his cross was cleared for a corner. The resulting corner saw Macca rise highest only for his header to hit the post and get cleared. Ryan Smith and Tom Hanna come back on and quickly got involved linking up well down the right, the cross was met by Billy Minshall and his shot was deflected for a corner. The resulting corner was met by Ryan Smith only for his header to come back off the post and the rebound was put just wide by Billy. Druids were under constant pressure and as soon as they cleared the ball TNS attacked.  TNS soon scored after all the possession they were enjoying. Zak played into Ryan who beat his marker and played the ball out to Tom. He played the ball to Ryan who played it into Sean Kiff who beat his marker to slot the ball into the net with the keeper beaten. TNS enjoyed a lot more possession but couldn’t find the net, with chances falling to Sean, Cameron, Billy and Zak.

Steve said ” It was a bit messy the first 10 minutes with the lads trying to get use to the pitch. Once they settled down and started playing football there was only 1 team that looked like scoring. Druids made it hard for us as they got a lot of players behind the ball, I think this frustrated the lads. Once they scored they seemed to relax and play their normal passing football. Will Evans and Sean Kiff formed a great partnership down the left and Sean took both of his goals very well. Ryan, Tom and Peter enjoyed a lot of the ball and passed the ball around the Druids players with ease. We were a little bit wasteful in the final third for our standards, something to work on in training on Wednesday. We will go again next Sunday with a difficult game away against Bangor.”

Next Game Bangor Away Sunday 23rd November 12pm o’clock kick off