Under 14s beat Shrewsbury Town in 11 goal thriller

Tuesday 17 February 2015

TNS Under 14s (The Venue. Kick off 6.30pm)

TNS 6 Shrewsbury Town 5

The squad included:

Tom Jones
Callum Murphy
Haci Ozlu
Sam Jones
Owen Platt
James Gregory-Cork
Dan Smith
James Parry
Jacob Barratt
Harry Bower
Darren Evans
Liam Ihekwoaba
Tomos Williams
Jordan Tipping
Sam Fowles
Ben Pritchard
Luke Sussex
Joel Whorton

TNS 14s welcomed Shrewsbury Town to The Venue. It was Shrewsbury who came out strongest and took the lead in the 4th minutes. TNS started to get into the game, keeping the ball better and started to look threatening. Darren Evans equalised on the stroke of the first interval.

Shrewsbury again came out the blocks quickest, scoring with a long finish 2 mins in. And it got worse moments later, Shrewsbury Town scoring from a corner. TNS didn’t let their heads go down and responsed instantly. Jacob Barratt played a fantastic through ball to Darren Evans, who beat the keeper to the ball and flicked it over him to pull it back to 3-2. Second interval ended TNS 2-3 Shrewsbury.

This time it was TNS turn to come out firing, Sam Fowles picked Darren Evans out with a fantastic deep cross for Darren to draw the scoreline level and get this third of the game. Again Shrewsbury responded, the TNS defence failing to clear their lines, Shrewsbury retaking the lead. Both teams had put in a big shift in this game going into the forth and final quarter. Darren Evans was like a man on a mission, combining with Tomos Williams for his forth. Shrewsbury retook the lead with a cross from their right side, Towns striker finishing effortlessly. And that looked like it would be the final score. TNS however, had different ideas. Liam Ihekwoaba had one of his trademark surging runs into the box, his shot hitting Darren Evans on its way into the goal to equalise. And they weren’t finished there, moments later TNS won the ball back, Harry Bower cut a fantastic ball back across the box to who else but Darren Evans, who won the game at the death.

Afterwards, coach Jason Brindley said:

“Lots to take from this evenings game. It was good that we kept coming back. But we started slow. The goals that we conceded were avoidable, sloppy. That gives us lots to work with and focus on in training.

The plus side of things is the attitude of this group of players. They won’t give up, they have a never say die mentality. And it is fantastic, that belief we’ve created.

Darren Evans was a handful today, the Shrewsbury centre halfs looked terrified of him. A top performance from the team today, but with areas we have identified to improve on. Look forward to Aberystwyth away on Sunday before continuing with our league programme.”



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