Academy Round Up 24th / 25th October 2015

Under 10s (Sat 24/10)

TNS 5 Connahs Quay 5

Squad:- Henry Green, Sam Gregory-Cork, Calum Matthias, Josh Burnett, Jake Jones, Finley Chorlton-Wilcox, Jack Davies, Oliwier Fiedor, Ieuan Jones-Welstead, Ollie Sumner, Thomas Wolstenholme, Louis Rowlands.

Goalscorers:- Ollie, Ieuan, Sam, Tom, Oliwier.

Today we welcomed Connahs Quay to the venue and having played them only a month earlier the last game was fairly fresh in our minds. It was a closely contested match which ended in a narrow 8-7 defeat for us so we were looking to improve but knew we would be in a tough battle.

We started the game very quietly with little intensity to our play and were caught cold, with neither team really dominating possession Connahs Quay made the most of their chances and were 3-0 in front by the end of the first quarter.

After a little pep talk and a couple of changes to the line up we came out fighting. Playing quicker combinations and working harder out of possession to put them under pressure and force mistakes. At the end of the second we had clawed back two goals but were still behind 3-2.

Again we made some changes to personnel going into the third and this was the quarter where the game really caught fire. Both teams were attacking with pace and numbers whilst also putting in some solid tackles. Cheered on by parents getting caught up in the excitement there was a very good atmosphere around the pitch and both teams reacted by playing with even greater intensity. A very competitive quarter saw both teams score one goal each. The score was 4-3 to Connahs Quay.

So into the fourth quarter we went, trailing by the one goal the team were buoyed on by the challenge and grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and were soon on level terms but Connahs Quay rallied and again found the net. Trailing again the team picked themselves up and showed great togetherness and desire to again equal the score. With just 5 minutes to play both teams went looking for that decisive goal and it was an exciting 5 minutes of attack and counter attack with both goalkeepers called into action and equal to the challenge. The game ended 5-5. Both sets of players can be really pleased with the football they played and also their attitude on the pitch. A closely contested game thoroughly enjoyed by all involved. Well done.


Under 11s (Sat 24/10)

TNS 6 Connas Quay 3

Jack Edwards, Jac Herbert, Ryan Lloyd, Jack Davies, Ed moore, Josh Evans, Harry McVeigh, Steven King, James McFarlane, Eric durnell, Jack Todd, Jared marks, Ralfie challanior

From start to finish the Tns boys were excellent, they left their usual slow start behind them and came out of the blocks fighting which against a Quay side is the very least you need to do if you want to win…and win they did with a 6-3 victory…It wasn’t all plain sailing with the visitors taking an early lead after a couple of minutes, that only last a few minutes in its self with the saints getting a couple quick fire goals from toddy and Ste to give the home side a deserved lead…The scoring in itself did stay quite close but after the early blip the saints never surrendered the lead and looked the better side all game…winning their personal battles and better still backing up their teammates to collect the loose ball then playing some really impressive attacking football, with further goals from Eric Josh and a brace from jazz securing the win…even with the boys in such impressive form fighting for every ball and showing their quality football they would not of won the game without the man between the sticks who in the last 15mins of the game took the man of the match award with 3 absolutely stunning saves 2 of which were point blank one v ones and his all round game was faultless…well done Jack Edwards well deserved of the arm band next week.


Under 15s (Sun 25/10)

TNS 15s welcomed Shrewsbury Town to the Venue for an early Sunday morning fixture.

Last time out TNS edged a 9 goal thriller. Shrewsbury Town started brightest however, easily playing through The New Saints defence straight from kick off and should have scored within a minute, but were denied with a good save by Robert Johnson in goal.

After about 10 minutes the young saints finally started waking up and playing some exciting football to match, Liam Parry and Darren Evans both going close. And it was Evans who finally broke the deadlock, fantastic link up play between Parry and Evans, with the TNS forward cooly finding the bottom corner. TNS had chances to extend their lead before the break, however the Shrewsbury keeper keeping the score at 1-0.

After the break TNS came out and resumed the quick tempo and kept creating chances, to find the Shrewsbury keeper in aspiring form. Sam Fowles delivered a great cross to the far post which Harry Bower directed goal bound, the keeper somehow tipping it onto the post. Shrewsbury were awarded a penalty and quickly found themselves in the lead with a very good finish. As TNS pushed for the win Shrewsbury caught TNS out to finish 1-3.

After the game, Jason Brindley said:

“Superb game of football this morning at The Venue. Last time out was almost a smash and grab. This time I felt we played fantastic, despite the result I’m even more pleased than then, because of the performance. The Shrewsbury goal keeper kept them in the game, but we need to make sure we are more clinical and take our chances against good teams.”

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Under 19s (Sun 25/10)

TNS 2 Cefn Druids 1

Joe Sullivan
Matt Perry
Lee Killen
Izaack Lambert
Steve Evans
Greg Evans
Christoph Aziamale
James Jones
Tom Ash
Callum Graybrook
Andy Vale

Mike Owen
Jack Jones – Andy Vale
Aron Jones – Tom Ash
Josh Baldwin. – Christoph Aziamale

Scorers – Jack Jones 67, Steve Evans 75