TNS Academy Round Up – 5th & 6th September 2015
Newtown 3 v TNS 6
Tough start for the boys today finding themselves 2.0 down after the first quarter after dominating play with no end product.
The second quarter saw us go in all square at 2.2 after totally outplaying Newtown with George Jenkins tireless in midfield with his constant running at their defence resulting in a goal to put us back in the game. Our second goal came from some good passing and a great finish from Rhys Jones who was tricky all day getting passed the defence on several occasions.
The 3rd quarter saw us take the lead with debutant Alex setting up George for his second goal of the game. Then Alex got on the score sheet with a great run and finish to put us in control.
The final quarter saw George grab his well-deserved hat trick and even captain jac got on the scoresheet with a good finish and putting us out of sight. Newtown did score with the last kick of the game but nothing was going to take away what was a very good performance from the boys.
Special praise to Ryan the goalkeeper who was outstanding and kept Newtown out on several occasions.
Under 8s – Brickfield (H) 05/09/15
On Saturday we welcomed Brickfield to Park Hall who played our U8s team. The opening goal was scored by Patrick and the young TNS side never looked back. TNS went on to win the game comfortably 16-3 but credit to Brickfield who never gave up and put 100% effort in right until the final whistle. The goal scorers for TNS were Patrick 4, Rui 4, Ronnie 2, Oliver 2, Alex 2, Fenn and an own goal.
The squad for the game was: Oliver, Sam, Fenn, Liam, Nikolas, Patrick, Rui, Ronnie and Alex.
Under 8s – Newtown (A) 06/09/15
In our second game in two days we travelled to Latham Park to take on a strong Newtown side. The game was tightly contested on a small pitch that made it difficult to play our usual game. Newtown opened the scoring from a corner that deflected in off one of our defenders which was a disappointing way to concede as the game was so tightly contested. Soon after we managed to level the scoring with Rui scoring a brilliant goal. Later on in the game Newtown took the lead again after a defensive mix-up. Rui again levelled with another fine left-footed strike. We failed to capitalise and ended up conceding another sloppy goal in the final quarter and we failed to answer this one, thus losing the game 3-2. A reality check for the lads and the result gives up plenty of things to work on in the coming weeks that will make us stronger.
The squad for the game was: Oliver, Sam, Fenn, Liam, Louie, Jayden, Rui and Ronnie.
Under 9s – Newtown (A) 06/09/15
The New Saints Under 9’s travelled to Newtown Academy on Sunday morning as both teams kicked off their new season campaigns.
The squad was split into two smaller groups allowing both sides to field two 6 a side teams.
Team one – Riley, Ashley, Jacob, Sam, Alfie and Joe.
Result Newtown Academy 7-14 The New Saints Academy
Team two – James, Alex, Jack, Rhys, Will and Thomas.
Result Newtown Academy 3-10 The New Saints Academy
Both TNS sides played good attacking football allowing them to create lots of opportunities.
Under 9’s coach Kieran said “The boys have done very well today, creating lots of chances and playing some neat one/two touch football”
“It was good to see the team enjoying their football and playing with confidence” “I’m looking really forward to the start of Academy training Tuesday, we’ve got a squad packed full of quality so signs are very positive ahead of the new season”
The 9’s return to action next Saturday when they face Prestatyn Academy.
Newtown 2 – 3 TNS.
Henry Green,Sam Gregory-Cork, Calum Matthias, Josh Burnett, Finley Chorlton-Wilcox, Jake Jones, Jack Davies, Ieuan Jones-Wellstead, Jake Duppa, Ollie Sumner, Tom Wolstenholme, Louis Rowlands.
Goal Scorers – Tom Wolstenholeme x2, Louis Rowlands.
The match was played over 4 periods of 15 minutes. The game was very well contested with both teams making hard but fair tackles. We looked to play attacking football from the beginning and play with a high intensity pressing the ball and trying to put Newtown under pressure. The game followed the same pattern from start to finish with Newtown getting players behind the ball and looking to frustrate then play long and counter quickly. This worked for them for two periods and after the second they were 1-0 up.
We changed formation slightly going into the third going even more attacking and this paid off with the lads finding the net 3 times in quick succession and at the end of the third it was Newtown 1 – 3 TNS.
Again in the fourth we played positive attacking football and looked threatening but again a long ball from front to back left us one vs one with Sam Gregory-Cork saving well. From the resulting corner Newtown scored to make it 2-3 and a very entertaining last 5 minutes or so which saw both teams battling hard. The result a very well earned victory.
To summarise the lads played with a fantastic attitude and were rewarded for the fighting spirit they showed. At times we took too many touches on the ball and turned into players but I was very pleased with the team and look forward to our Next fixture.
Jack Edwards, Ed Moore, Jack Davies, Jac Herbert, Josh Evans, Harry McVeigh, Steven King, Jack Todd, Ralfie Challinor, Eric Durnell, Jared marks
The Saints started this game exceptionally well, passing moving and talking to make it look easy on a tight pitch, the men in green soon took the lead through Josh Evans when the crafty midfield maestro sent the keeper the wrong way from a free kick to bury the ball in the bottom corner.
For the next 2 quarters of this encounter the Saints went off the boil, and Newtown came back into the match putting pressure on the away side with their long ball game. After some poor clearances the saints found themselves
Level when the home side scrambled the ball home, and if it wasn’t for the quick reflexes of the saints keeper Jack Edwards they could have fallen further behind in this period of the match…
After a few words and a couple of changes the saints came out for the final 15mins a different team, controlling the possession with some good movement and passing making the game look easy with good communication, the saints second goal was scored by Eric Durnel after some good play through the centre of the field the ball found its way to Ralfie Challinor who spun quickly to find Durnell open in the box and give him an easy finish. To top off the mornings work Jack Todd popped up to score after some good play down the right by Davies and Durnell, this made the results safe at 3-1
Well done boys after being given the challenge to sort the poor movement and passing out and to score 2 goals in the 3Rd quarter, to respond like that and win the game in the way they did was very pleasing…still plenty to work on, but again at times some very neat football played and our communication on the pitch is getting better all the time which is great…well done boys.
TNS 4 Connahs Quay 5
Harrison Lewis, Taylor Griffiths, Jay Lee, Ryan Chorlton-Wilcox, Ben Pritchard, Ellis Turner, Harry Holland, Harry Owen, Tom Potts, Rhys Edwards, Jez Wheeldon, Hari Seshasailam, Josh Lock, TJ Burns, Bobby Ireland
TNS U12s welcomed Connahs Quay to The Venue on a beautiful Sunday morning for the last pre-season fixture before the Academy Cup begins in a weeks’ time. The 12s coach Jason Brindley used it as an opportunity to have a look at different players in different positions. It was Connahs Quay who started brightest, with TNS struggling to get hold of the ball and to get out of their half. Connahs Quay deservedly took the lead early on. However, it wasn’t long before TNS started to find their passing game, and equalised through Josh Lock. The outstanding TJ Burns scored 2 goals, and was a constant menace for the Nomads defence, who struggled to handle his high intensity. Taylor Griffiths scored to make the score 4-1 and at this stage the Saints were cruising.
However, Connahs Quay were resilient and didn’t give in. They scored some very well taken goals and once they got their tail up and belief they scored some very well taken goals to eventually edge of the Saints in a 9 goal thriller.
After the game, Coach Jason Brindley said:
“It was a good reality check today for the team. They have been doing fantastic recently and I feel they have a massive potential as a group, but they must stay grounded. Connahs Quay were good and had a big lad in the middle of the park, whilst my players are smaller that’s the problem they have to solve, and I feel they have the capability to do that. It’s all a learning curve for the team, and I feel they have learnt from today. Really excited about the season ahead.”
TNS 8 Borras Park Rangers 2
Robert Johnson, Matt Cole, Joel Whorton, Ryan McVeagh, Callum Murphy, James Gregory Cork, Dray Rogers, Josh Donnelly, Tomos Williams, Sam Fowles, Liam Parry, Kai Jackson
TNS U15s welcomed Borras Park to The Venue for a Saturday Evening fixture. Whilst Borras are a local grass roots team, they are a strong team and consist mainly of Academy players, many who play for TNS also.
TNS started off the game brightest, controlling the possession and playing with confidence. Trial player Tomos Williams started off the scoring with a neat finish after displaying good footwork. Centre back Joel Whorton added the second, scoring from a corner after the ball fell kindly to him. Liam Parry scored the 3rd and 4th with two very well taken goals to take the score to 4-0 at half time.
The second half began as the first ended, with TNS in total control. Sam Fowles added the 5th, before TNS forward Tom Williams pulled one back for Borras, poking one in from close range. Any hopes of a comeback were short lived however as Liam Parry completed his hat trick with an unstoppable effort from the edge of the area which rifled into the top corner.
U14s striker Josh Donnelly was rewarded for his hard work and determination with the 7th. TNS winger James Parry scored the 2nd for Borras after being put through one on one before James Gregory-Cork wrapped up the scoring for the day with a fine individual effort.
After the game, Coach Jason Brindley said:
“Superb performance from the team today. Whilst Borras are a grass roots side the majority of boys play academy football, a lot of them with ourselves, so to play so well was very pleasing.
I felt we controlled possession from the offset, the build-up play was patient, allowing us to create holes in the opposition for us to exploit.
The squad today included four U14 players, who I felt were all fantastic. This is a very good Borras team, who contain outstanding players, so to win so convincingly was fantastic.”
Airbus 1 TNS 4 (30th August 15)
Scorers: Owen 22, Jacob 56, 64 & Evans