Under 8s (26/09/15)
TNS 9 Connahs Quay 8
As the scoreline suggests it was a very tightly contested game with both teams playing good football in spells. Connahs Quay were a very good technical side which on another day they could have won the game but TNS had a standout performer who was unstoppable; Ellis scored 7 of the Saint’s 9 goals, with Patrick and Ronnie grabbing the other 2. The game was very physical and could have gone either way but we managed to win it near to the end.
The squad for the game was; Oliver, Sam, Fenn, Nikolas, Liam, Ronnie, Ellis, Patrick and Rui.
Under 9s (26/09/15)
TNS 5 Connahs Quay 6
Team consisted of – Sloan (GK), Rymer, Mawdsley, Griffiths, Jones, Nuttall, Jakub, Pettigrew, Harison, Aplin, Beckett, Blaze.
The Venue Park Hall played host to the finest Under 9’s teams in North Wales. In a clash of junior titans it was Connahs Quay who just edged it.
TNS started brightly and were 1-0 within minutes after a thunderous strike from Blaze, the striker picked the ball up and struck the ball into the net.
TNS doubled their lead when Blaze scored again, his goal almost exactly the mirror image of the one he had previously struck.
However some individual mistakes and fine play from the opposition TNS found themselves 5-2 down. However TNS continued to play some fine attacking football play some neat one/two touch football, the players were enjoying their football and always looking to take their opponents on.
Harrison and Aplin were looking very dangerous up top so there was always hope of a revival from the mini Saints. Aplin, Beckett and Jones all came close in the second half and were rewarded for their efforts when Harrison cut the ball back and Blaze completed his hatrick.
The game became very open and both keepers were busy, with TNS keeper James Sloan making numerous quality reactions to keep his side in the game. His performance throughout the four quarters made him an easy option for the games MOTM Award.
Goals from Pettigrew and Aplin during the final minutes made the closing stages of the match even more interesting and as TNS piled on the pressure they were caught out at the back and Connahs Quay were able to celebrate a famous victory.
Under 9’s Coach Kieran said “The boys have played very well today, although we didn’t get the result our performance may have deserved we can have our heads held very high” “We lost the game in the right manner, laying superb attacking football and playing with real confidence” “The last three games have been against real quality opposition and we’ve handled each of them very well”
Under 10s (26/09/15)
TNS 6 Connahs Quay 7
Squad- Henry Green, Sam Gregory-Cork, Calum Matthias, Josh Burnett, Finley Chorlton-Wilcox, Jake Jones, Oliwiwer Fiedor, Ieuan Jones-Wellstead, Ollie Sumner, Tom Wolstenholme, Louis Rowlands.
Goal Scorers- Oliwier Fiedor, Finley Chorlton-Wilcox, Louis Rowlands x4,
The format of the game was 8v8 played over 4 periods of 15 minutes. However due to getting kicked off quickly and having short breaks between periods we were able to fit in a 5th period.
The first period was closely contested with both teams defending very well limiting each other to only the occasional opportunity. Connahs Quay won a late Corner and scrambled home the first goal with seconds left of the period.
We made 4 changes and also changed the formation to be more attacking in the second period. We immediately looked more threatening and the team were playing some very nice football and working very hard for each other when out of possession. The equaliser came from a great run down the left wing from Tom Wolstenholme and a great pick out to find Oliwier Fiedor who slotted home with ease. Confidence was growing throughout the team and we were putting Connahs Quay under pressure all over the pitch forcing them to play backwards toward their own goal. The second goal again came from down the left wing with Tom Wolstenholme driving ball towards the far corner forcing the GK to make a very good save but Louis Rowlands was quick to pounce on the rebound and slot home. The second period came to an end with us leading 2-1 and looking very very good.
So again at the break we made 4 changes to ensure all the players were getting equal playing time. After a quick turn around we went into the third period with lots of desire but Connahs Quay looked to try and get a foot hold on the game also. Connahs Quay found the net twice in this period which was very much like the first but this time it was our turn to find the net late on with Finley Chorlton-Wilcox fighting hardest in a melee in the box after a corner and firing home. End of the third 3-3
The fourth period again saw us make 4 changes. With the game being very closely contested and tied at 3-3 going into this period I didn’t see what happened next coming. The fourth period was a horror show for us we lost all our early grit and determination off the ball and discipline making a few late tackles and conceding four times. In fairness to Connahs Quay for as bad as we were in this period there were very good and had a couple of players stand out with the ball at their feet. end of the fourth 3-7
With one period to play and the lads looking defeated we needed to rally to get the scoreline to represent the game. Which in fairness was a very good game with both teams having periods of the game where they were dominating play. Thankfully we again made 4 changes and came out in the fifth period with renewed vigour. We found the net early in the fifth through Louis Rowlands and this was the wind in the sails the lads needed to push forwarded dominating pushing and creating several chances. Louis again found the net, this time with a neat volley from a neat chip into him by Ollie Sumner. Louis however wasn’t finished with wonder strikes as his next goal was probably the strike of the game hitting the crossbar and bouncing down over the line with the last kick off the match. A mention also needs to go to Henry Green who when called upon made some unbelievable saves throughout the match.
The match ended 6-7.
Under 11s (26/09/15)
TNS 2 Connahs Quay 5
Gethin Sanger, Jack Edwards, Jac Herbert, Ryan Lloyd, Jack Davies, Mikey Robinson, Ed Moore
Josh Evans, Harry McVeigh, James McFarlane, Jared marks, Ralfie Challanior, Jack Todd, Eric Durnell, Steven King
After a promising start to the season this was a very very poor display from the home side with sloppy passing, poor movement, bad decision making being the reason the saints were outplayed for nearly all of this game by well organised and hard working work Quay side…we’re used to the saints starting slowly and then recovering as the game goes on, but with the visitors not taking their foot the gas there was only ever going to be one winner…Jared marks did get a couple of goals to make the score look a bit more respectable…The less said about the performance the better..We’ve got to hope the boys come to training with a better attitude to work hard and learn how to do the right things out on the pitch because the attitude and performance was not good enough.
Under 13s (26/09/15)
TNS 3 Connahs Quay 3
David, Shea, Matt, Regan, Louis, Ryan, Spencer, Kyle, Luke, Jack P, Shane, James PG, Jack B, Will, Robbie, Trystan, Josh
Goals from Jack Parry (2) and Will Nevitt secured a draw in an entertaining game at Park Hall. Connahs Quay had led 2-0 during the first half, but again credit to the whole team for producing a great comeback.
Under 15s (26/09/15)
Leicester City 5 TNS 5
On Saturday TNS Academy took a team away to face Premier League outfit Leicester City.
The team included:
Lewis Dutton, Matt Cole, Liam Ihekwoaba, Dray Rogers, Callum Murphy, James Gregory-Cork, Xavie Clarke, Ismael Ozdemir, Harry Bower, Sam Fowles, Liam Parry, Josh Donnelly
TNS travelled to Premier League side Leicester City’s fantastic training facilities for a development fixture.
It was TNS who struck first, Liam Parry scoring early on. Leicester City equalised in the 19th minute, and scored another 2 goals to go into the break 3-1 up. TNS did create numerous good chances in the first half, looking to play the ball out, playing fantastic football at times.
The New Saints looked determined to get back into the game in the second half, however were caught out from a corner with Leicester counter attacking to make it 4-1. They soon scored the 5th goal in the 25th minute to leave TNS looking dead and buried.
TNS pulled what seemed to be a consolation goal back instantly, Liam Parry doubling his tally after running onto a flick on from Ismael and lobbing the advancing Leicester keeper.
However the second goal seemed to give the young Saints belief, and they scored a 3rd straight from the restart, this time Ismael scoring a header at the far post.
Harry Bower was causing constant problems down the left hand side and scored a fantastic goal to make it 4-5 to Leicester, before scoring the 5th to finish a brilliant game 5-5.
After the game, Coach Jason Brindley said:
“Superb game of football today against top opposition. In the first half we only showed flashes of how we can play. I felt that some of the boys were trying too hard, and were making mistakes as a result. The Leicester goals came from avoidable mistakes from ourselves, but the ideas were correct. It was almost as if we got to the point where we had nothing left to lose, so the pressure was off, and then we really started to apply ourselves. I was really pleased with the desire shown from these boys, to fight to get back into the game and were very unlucky not to win the game.”
Under 19s (27/09/15)
TNS 7 Llandudno 2
Subs : Tom Ash, Aron Jones, Andy Vale, Jack Jones, Steve Evans
Scorers : Callum 5, Jacob 30, Lewis 38. 45, Christophe 45, Papirnyk 53. 79