Academy Round Up

The New Saints beat Llansantffraid Village 3-0 on Sunday thanks to goals from Lewis Evans, Cal Graybrook and Harrison Millington.

In what was an even first half, The Saints struggled to break down a stubborn Llansantffraid defence. However, a spirited second half performance resulted in three early goals to ensure a well earned victory.

Despite going three nil down, the home side plugged on but were unable to get past Steve Benyon’s strong side.

Benyon was happy with his team and said, ‘The boys showed a lot of character to play against a very physical side. We felt that we couldn’t play our normal free flowing football because they were very physical.’

Next week the boys will play against North East Elite Academy at home, with the match kicking off at 16:00pm.

The winning team consisted of Antoni Sarnowski, Lee Killen, Jack Bates, Matt Bainbridge, Ross Tyler, Harrison Millington, Nash Mwamuka, Greg Evans, Lewis Evans, Cal Graybrook and George Minshall.

On the bench were Andy Wycherley, Joe Walsh, Sam Gostage, Tom Birch, Matt Perry and Leighton Tierney.

Full time: Llansantffraid 0-3 TNS Under 16’s.

The TNS Under 14’s beat Llansantffraid by four goals to two, thanks to goals from Ricky Williams, Ross Hardy and a brilliant brace from Rob Reynolds.

TNS started brightly and despite Billy Minshall looking lively upfront, The Saints went a goal behind. However, the lead was short lived and the visitors pulled a goal back through Reynolds who found the back of the net after lobbing the goalkeeper from 25 yards out. The home side were then awarded a dubious penalty and although Matt Williams got a hand on the ball, the hosts retook the lead.

Steve Monk’s side kept on pushing forward and drew level thanks to Hardy, who calmly slotted in from close range and within minutes Reynolds completed his brace and put his side in front at the break.

The second half started with the home side having a lot of possession but after both James Lloyd and Sam Postle went close, Williams scored the final goal of the game to confirm a vital win for Monk’s side.

Monk was delighted with his side and said, ‘I was very happy with the performance of every single player and they fully deserved the victory. They played some great football and were patient in their play. We scored three very good goals in the first half and the lads have been working hard on closing down the ball and moving it quickly in training and it really paid off today.’

The successful squad was made up of Matt Williams Aron Jones, Taps Kamutasa, Jamie Monk, Rhys Thomas, Zak Dobie, Lewys Turner, Rob Reynolds, Ricky Williams, Ross Hardy, Billy Minshall, James Lloyd, Osian Morris, Alex Rowlands, Scott Williams and Sam Postle.

Full time: Llansantffraid 2- 4 TNS Under 14’s.


The TNS Under 13’s beat Connahs Quay by four goals to two thanks to James Gregory Cork, Jordan Tipping, Luke Sussex and Darren Evans.

The Saints started slowly and a defensive mistake gave the home side an early lead. However, soon after Gregory Cork equalised with a fantastic volley from 25 yards.

Tipping then added another goal with an unstoppable free kick from 30 yards. The Saints kept pressing and Sussex managed to score a goal on his debut but an unfortunate slip in the muddy conditions allowed Connahs Quay to score a second goal. Evans then scored the final goal of the game to give TNS a deserved victory.

Jason Brindley was happy with his team and said, ‘We were slightly below par in the first half but we came out much better in the second half. It was a bit more of a physical match on a difficult pitch so I am pleased with the way the team stood up to it. We could and probably should of ended up with a few more goals but I am pleased with the way all of the lads took their goals.’

The team was made up of  Lewis Dutton, Mikey Evans, Haci Ozlu, Tom Halliday, Zac Davies, James Parry, Owen Platt, Liam Ihekwoaba, Harry Bower, Jordan Tipping,  and Darren Evans.

The substitutes were James Gregory Cork, Ben Pritchard, Jack Vale, Luke Sussex, Tomos Williams and Sam Jones.

Full time: Gap Connah’s Quay 2-4 TNS Under 13’s.

The TNS Under 12’s beat Llansantffraid by seven goals to one after excellent braces from Thomas Roberts-Lyon and Isaac Dawson, as well as a superb hat-trick from Tai Jones.

A fantastic start from TNS saw the visitors race into a two goal lead after Roberts-Lyon scored two goals within the first five minutes of the game.

Llansantffraid pulled a goal back through a corner but Jones scored his first of the match to give his side a three one advantage at the break.

Jones scored another two goals within the first ten minutes of the second half to complete his hat-trick and with only a few minutes left, Dawson managed to score a quick brace to clinch an emphatic victory for The Saints.

Callum Williams was really happy with his side and said, ‘I am very happy with how well the boys played. They kept the ball well in tight areas of the pitch and were patient whilst in possession. We also scored seven good goals through a lot of hard work and good play.’

The line up included Robert Johnson, Cameron James, Daniel Sumner, Ryan McVeagh, Mackenzie Wadeson, Liam Davies, Toby Roberts, Max Kulbida, Isaac Dawson, Tai Jones, Alex Clarke, Thomas Roberts-Lyon, Jack Aplin, Callum Evans and Owen Cartwright.

Full time: Llansantffraid 1-7 TNS Under 12’s.

The New Saints Under 9’s played four games against Gap Connah’s Quay, winning two and losing two.

Having not played any futsal this season the boys equipped themselves well and came away from Deeside with their heads held high and registered the following results:

Team 1 – Jack Edwards, Adam Tirebuck, Adam Tunnadine, Daniel Burnett, Thomas Potts and Josh Evans.
Game 1 – won 6-3
Goals from: Tunnadine, Burnett, Potts and Evans.
Game 2  – won 6-5
Goals from: Tunnadine, Burnett and Potts.
All of the players should be mentioned after a terrific team performance, especially in the second game when trailing four one at half time.  They played some high tempo futsal and snatched the winner on the stroke of full time.
Team 2
Gethin Sanger, Ryan Chorlton-Wilcox, Jac Herbert, Lughaidh Power, Edward Moore and Connor Thomas.
Game 1 – Lost 4-3
Goals from: Jac Herbert, Lughaidh Power and Edward Moore.
Game 2 – Lost 6-5
Goals from: Jac Herbert, Lughaidh Power and Connor Thomas.
Again, the players played with imagination and they all took on new roles and responsibilities set by the coach, Craig Edwards.