The New Saints Under 19’s beat Flint Town four one yesterday thanks to goals from Rhys Cooper, Jamie Hands and brilliant brace from Ryan Kershaw.
Steve Evans’ Saints faced one of only two sides that had beaten his table topping team this season and it was clear from the off, that The Saints were determined for revenge.
With only five minutes gone, Kershaw confidently finished after latching onto a well rehearsed corner.
Flint battled back and Ryan Edkins was forced into a great save but with only five minutes left in the first half, TNS made it two and it was once again Kershaw with the goal.
The young midfielder won the ball before smashing in from a tight angle to double the advantage.
Moments before the break, The Saints added a third. Cooper volleyed the ball past the Flint goalkeeper to give Evans’ side a wonderful half time lead.
The move of the match came straight after the kick off in the second half. Ryan Edwards and Kershaw linked up superbly, only for Edwards to fire straight at the Flint goalkeeper who palmed the ball into the path of Hands and the midfielder made no mistake as he tapped in from close range to make it four nil.
Flint’s Josh Roberts scored a well taken goal after a mix up in the TNS defence but The Saints controlled the rest of the match and weren’t troubled again.
Full time: TNS 4-1 Flint Town.
Gordon Evans was full of praise for the TNS players and said, ‘I am so pleased for the lads. They had a point to prove after what happened earlier on in the season. They knew they weren’t good enough in the first game but the lads did themselves proud with their performance. Some of the football was outstanding, especially in the middle of the park. The players are enjoying winning matches which is great, as it’s a great habit to have.’
The TNS line up was Ryan Edkins, Aaron Simms (Ollie Beaman), Adam Davies, Ryan Pryce, Jordan Wells, Ryan Kershaw, Rhys Cooper, Fisnik Hajdari, Liam Walker, Ryan Edwards and Jamie Hands (Ben Richards).