Over the Easter weekend The New Saints Academy took part in the Manchester Easter Cup.
The tournament ran over both Saturday and Sunday, with TNS taking every age group from the academy, from the U7’s all the way to the U16’s.
The under 9’s (pictured) won the Manchester Easter Cup, comfortably winning in the final and playing fantastically over the weekend.
The under 15’s won the Manchester Easter Cup U15/16 tournament. The 15s won the semi-final on penalties against Barmouth 16s in a tight encounter in difficult conditions, the game finishing 3-3 after extra time. They won the final 3-1, beating Isle of man school of excellence.
The under 7s won their group, narrowly lost the semi-final but won the 3rd 4th place play off.
The under 8s competed superbly, playing some great football.
The under 10s entered 2 teams, and they both met in the challenge cup play-off final. The game ended 2-2 and instead of the game going into extra time coach Brett McBride decided a share of the spoils was the best way to end the tournament, with both teams receiving winners medals and sharing the trophy.
The under 11s played very well, winning their group. They lost in the semi-finals against Wallsend Boys FC, who in the past have produced players like Alan Shearer and Michael Carrick.
The under 12s won their semi-final on penalties in a nail biting game. The final of the challenge cup went into extra time, with striker TJ Burns converting a late penalty to win the game.
The under 13s had a slow start but really came alive on the Sunday, narrowly missing out on winners medals, losing the play-off round robin by the narrowest of margins, one goal difference.
The under 14s found themselves in a difficult group, and their play-off final was called off midway through the first half due to horrendous weather.
The Under 16s played very well on Sunday, comfortably winning the challenge final.
Lead Foundation Phase Coach Jason Brindley said:
“Congratulations to all The New Saints Academy age groups taking part in the Manchester Easter Cup. It was really good to get all age groups competing at the same festival, especially our U7s who are a good group of players at the beginning of their football development. To have brought home as many trophies as we have shows the strength of the academy and the calibre of players that we are developing. Although it was no easy task I assure you, some of the opposition were very strong.”