Under 13s (29/03/15)
TNS 2- Connahs Quay Nomads 5
Goalscorers: Thomas Richards-Lyon, Luis Edwards
Alex Clarke – Robert Johnson (30 mins) , Callum Evans, Keane Marks, Daniel Sumner, Luis Edwards, Max Kulbida, Joey Suckley, Isaac Dawson, Thomas Richards-Lyon, Tai Jones
TNS 13’s come up against Connahs Quay Nomads for the fourth time this season and once again faced a strong nomad’s side. Due to a lot of injuries, holidays and illness TNS only had 10 available players which meant it was always going to be a tough game for the ten players that played. TNS got off to a good start by scoring the opening goal through striker Thomas Richards-Lyon, who found himself in the penalty box after making a great run and at the second attempt volleyed the ball into an empty net after getting past the nomads keeper. The away side reacted well and scored two goals just before half time, to make it 2-1 nomads going into the break. Second half was a struggle for the new saints as with ten men tiredness began to show and the away side began to control possession, the nomads scored three goals in the space of ten minutes which put the game out of sight for TNS. Although towards the end of the game, winger Luis Edwards finished off a great move to make the final score, 5-2.
The New Saints U14 side recently competed in the FAW National Futsal Finals at The House of Sport, in Cardiff.
The squad included:
Lewis Dutton, Haci Ozlu, Sam Jones, Dan Smith, James Gregory-Cork, Liam Ihekwoaba, Jordan Tipping, James Parry, Jacob Barratt, Darren Evans, Jack Vale
After winning the North Wales Futsal final, TNS 14s travelled to Cardiff to play in the National Finals.
In the semi-final TNS drew with Cambrian and Clydach in normal time. TNS won the penalty shoot out to face rivals Airbus in the Grand final.
Despite leading 2-1 at the break, Airbus were stronger in the second half and won the final 6-2.
Afterwards, Coach Jason Brindley said:
“Slightly disappointed with this weekend’s performances. I think that maybe after winning the North Wales tournament so convincingly, beating Airbus 9-2 in the Final, the mentality of the team was wrong. Unfortunately we didn’t respond to the wakeup call against Cambrian and Clydach who gave us a real fright. They were extremely organised and a very good side.
In the final against Airbus we struggled with their directness. In the first half we were good. Once they took the lead in the second half our heads went down. It’s uncharacteristic from this side. Airbus were the better team and deservedly won.
I think with Futsal, maybe I focus on the individual too much, rather than the team as a unit. I’ve definitely learnt alot about the game this weekend. Credit to the boys for getting us to the finals. Next time we will be better though.”