Academy Round Up (14/15 Feb 2015)

Under 9’s (Sat 15 Feb 2015)
Preston North End 5 TNS 2

After a 6:30am start for most of the players it was fantastic for us to experience some of the best sport facilities in the country, at the Ulcan Sports Complex. The state of the art pitches allowed us to ply some good football, and despite only 3 of our 9 players having played together before the lads showed a good cohesive bond. Tns started brightly and missed a number of key chances early on, hitting the post 3 times in the space of 5 minute.

TNS did take the lead though after some good work from Rhys and Mikey, with the latter sending Tom through on goal, and his effort was tucked nicely into the bottom left corner. Preston then had a couple of chances of their own, with the team thankful for Riley and Mikey’s last ditch defending and some top saves from Sam that we went into the second 1/4 1-0 up.

During the next 1/4 TNS lacked the cutting edge and were getting tired after working so hard in the previous 1/4. Having just 1 sub on the bench didn’t help our case either. A mad 5 minutes saw Preston score 3 good counter attacking goals.

In the next 1/4 TNS played their best football of the match, constantly putting the Preston defence under pressure, with us finally getting the breakthrough when Jack Herbert scored one of the best junior football goals you’ll see when his thunder striker half volley was launched into the top corner. Leaving the keeper with absolutely no chance.

TNS continued to look for that all important equaliser, but were again caught on the break as Preston made it 4 and 5/2. In all though, it was an excellent performance from TNS and one they should be very proud of. Only 3 members of the team were Under 9’s so we’d like to thank the Under 8’s and the Under 10’s who helped us out and made that long journey.

Coach Kieran Lee-Birch said “I was really pleased with the lads performance today, to play on the state of the art pitches against the top teams like we have today is the type of thing all young boys dream of!” “I was partially impressed with how we moved the ball around quickly and then worked hard to win the ball back when we lost it, there was a great show of character, desire and passion from the lads which really pleased me” “I’m not bothered about the result because our performance was good I did think the score was not a true reflection of how the game went, we enjoyed large spells of possession, but didn’t take our chances; a harsh lesson in football all my lads have learnt today”



Under 12s (Sun 15 Feb)

Cefn Druids 2 TNS 1

Squad: David Williams, Spencer Parrish, Luke Wicks, Louie Millington, Regan Jones, Kyle McLeod, Ben Buley, Alfie Martin, Morgan Daykin, Jack Brindley, Josh Davies

Two evenly matched teams met on a heavy pitch.  In the first half both teams played good football, without creating too many clear cut chances.

In the second half TNS played really well and completed some excellent passing football.  The opening goal was scored by Josh Davies after a good through ball from Ben Buley.  Cefn Druids equalised soon after with a headed goal.  They scored the winning goal with 5 minutes left.

Coach Mark Evans said “The boys played some excellent football today, every player gave 100% and looked comfortable on the ball. I think the difference on the day was in the final third, where we were a little shot shy and Cefn Druids took their chances”.



Under 13s (Sun 15 Feb)

Connahs Quay Nomads 2 TNS 3

Robert Johnson, Daniel Sumner (Callum Evans 35 minutes), Ryan McVeagh, Lewis Gorman, Kai Jackson, Isaac Dawson (Luis Edwards 35 minutes), Toby Roberts, Max Kulbida, Owen Cartwright, Tai Jones (Joey Suckley 35 minutes), Eric Brown

TNS carried on their unbeaten start to the season with a 3-2 victory away to Connahs Quay Nomads. A first half goal from TNS winger Isaac Dawson gave TNS a 1-0 lead at half time.
The second half was a completely different game with TNS scoring again early through Tai Jones to give TNS a 2-0 lead. The away side were then awarded a penalty which was missed, this seemed to encourage the home side and they hit back with two goals to get the game back to 2-2.

TNS kept on playing, moving the ball forward quickly, and the winning goal came through midfield player Max Kulbida who gave TNS the 3-2 victory.


Under 14s (Sun 15 Feb)

Cefn Druids 2 TNS 3

Robert Johnson, Callum Murphy, Haci Ozlu, Sam Jones, Luke Sussex, James Gregory Cork, Dan Smith, James Parry, Jacob Barratt, Darren Evans, Tom Halliday, Jordan Tipping, Ben Pritchard, Owen Platt, Liam Ihekwoaba

TNS 14s faced local rivals Cefn Druids with both teams performing well this season. However TNS preparation was hampered with stand in 13s keeper Robert Johnson being delayed, meaning that Liam Ihekwoaba had to start the game in goal. And things quickly got worse for the young saints, Druids winning a free kick in the first minute of the game, with their striker hitting an unstoppable finish, in off the upright.

TNS started getting into the game once Robert arrived, TNS could put coach Jason Brindley’s match plan into action. They soon found them selves on top and equalised through Liam, his shot finding it’s way past the despairing Druids keeper, despite his best efforts.

All over the pitch there were 1 vs 1 battles, both sets of players standing up to the test. TNS went close a couple of times towards the end of the first half but it was Druids who went into the interval ahead. A long ball found their striker who hit the post with a great effort, the rebound falling kindly to their winger who finished into an open goal.

The second half started and TNS changed formation, looking to move Jacob Barratt into his more effective position in the middle. James Gregory-Cork was becoming a real influence on the game, taking the game to Druids and scored a fantastic goal to draw the score level.

TNS kept pressing but were being kept out by a determined Druids defence. In the dying moments James Gregory Cork was rewarded with his second of the game, turning in a finish from a corner that was the winning goal of an exciting game.

Afterwards, Coach Jason Brindley said:

“It was a difficult game today against a physical but very good Druids side. The pitch wasn’t great so it was a different type of game to what we have been used to recently. But I felt the boys stood up to the test. They stood up toe to toe with the opposition. With the conditions it was difficult to get our normal passing game going, but I still think we created good chances. We could of been a little more clinical in the final third. I don’t usually like singling out individuals as we are a team and in this together but I felt Callum Murphy was outstanding today, and James Gregory-Cork took the game to them in the second half, was fantastic. We were never winning this game until the death so to show that fight and desire to the very end shows the spirit that his fantastic bunch of young players has. Special thanks to 13s keeper Robert Johnson who helped out today and didn’t look out of place for a second. And a mention to all involved at Druids, they have come on well and are a very good set up.”


Under 15s (Thu 12 Feb)

Wrexham FC 15’s v TNS 15’s

Joe Kinsella, Taps Kamutasa, Will Evans, Jamie Monk, Steve Macdonnell, Dennis Bates, Zak Dobie, Will Dunne, Ryan Smith, Harry Jenks, Peter Fletcher, Cameron Simpson, Rhys Thomas, Tom Hanna, Rob Reynolds, Sean Phelan, Josh Trialist Keeper.

The 15’s played Wrexham 15’s Thursday evening at Colliers Park. The TNS lads started off brightly moving the ball around well. Cameron Simpson was enjoying his battle with his marker and got the ball in to the box for Harry Jenks just putting his effort past the post. Cameron then played in Will Dunne who just couldn’t convert his chance. Will Dunne and Ryan Smith linked up well and played in Tom Hanna his cross was met by Harry Jenks and his header just went over the bar. Both teams looked lively going forward but it was Wrexham that took their chances scoring 4 in the 1st half.  The instructions half time were for the lads to relax on the ball and keep it simple. The lads went out and started to keep the ball, passing it around simply. Dennis Bates and Zak Dobie linked up well in midfield and Peter Fletcher was being creative in the number 10 role, until a knock forced him off.  As the game was coming to the final third Wrexham scored 2 goals.

Steve commented “The lads started off really well and had 4 very good chances in the first 20/25 minutes at 0-0. Even at 2-0 the lads were still in the game and looked to go forward and attack. At half time myself and Paps asked the lads to relax on the ball and to keep it moving and they did just that. We can take a lot of positives out of the game and look to improve when we are next in for training. All credit to Si Smith and his squad at Wrexham, they were very organised and worked very hard in and out of possession. I think the lads would definitely benefit a second session to work on their strength, fitness and conditioning. We will continue to work hard at training and look to go again with another tough game at Morecombe on Monday”


Under 16s (Sun 15 Feb)

Cefn Druids 2-3 TNS

Goal scorers : Josh Badwin, Cal O’Connor and James Harrison

Yesterday saw the boys travel to Cefn Druids. We knew it was going to be a tough and very physical game, and this proved the case. Druids took the lead after ex player Cam Evans had too much time on the edge of the box, and cooly slotted the ball past Matt. Josh then scored on his debut, but straight after this Druids scored again, this time from sloppy play on the edge of the box, but credit to the druids striker who finished neatly. Second half saw both some competitive and nasty challenges made by both sides, and we were finally rewarded for our persistence with 2 late goals from Cal and James. Credit to Matt as well for superbly saving a penalty.

Steve Benyon said “Disappointed with some of the tackles and bickering from both sets of players, but on the whole 2 very good sides simply wanted to win the game. Still can be decisive in the final third, as well as improving out work rate and possession when out of possession”.



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