Academy RoundUp 13/14 Feb 2016

Under 9s (13/02/16)

Airbus 0 TNS 4

An early kick off at the Hollingsworth stadium for the U9’s but everyone was wide awake from the very beginning. Although there were a couple of exceptional individual performances the team as a whole were outstanding and every player played their part in an almost perfect performance.

The more creative players in the team were aggressive in possession and looked to create chances from all areas of the pitch whilst being supported by the rest of a tenacious group of players with every player winning their individual battles.

A Great team performance.

Under 10s (13/02/16)

Airbus 4 TNS 2

After a great result away in Crewe DC last week we were hoping to carry on playing attractive attacking football combined with solid defending however the latter deserted us today. On what was a very long pitch we were caught three times inside the first 15 minutes with a long kick and chase game from Airbus. The defenders caught square and the Airbus attackers breezed past them to slot home from close range three times in quick succession. A wholesale change of the defensive unit at the end of the first quarter saw a much improved team performance for the remaining three periods but wasn’t quite enough to claw back the early three goals conceded.

Under 12s (14/02/16)

Conwy Borough 1 TNS 21

The game was being played on the 3G at Llandrillo College. Despite it being a beautiful day the wind was bitter cold.  On arrival it became apparent that Conwy only had 6 players available.  TNS U12s were sporting and decided to play 6 a side, despite having a squad of 12 players, the young Saints being very mature about the process.

TNS were looking to build on last week’s performance against Bangor City and didn’t disappoint, playing some fantastic football, looking sharp.

After the game, Coach Jason Brindley said: “I’m pleased with the attitude and maturity of the U12s this afternoon. They played some superb football, moving the ball with real tempo and quality. Credit to the Conwy Borough players that didn’t stop.”

Under 14s/15s (13/02/16)

TNS 8 Welshpool 3

The New Saints were playing with a mix of U14s and U15s against a good Welshpool side.

However TNS academy level football really separated the two sides. TNS were looking sharp and moving the ball with real tempo and purpose all over the pitch.

Josh Donnelly stole the show with 5 goals but overall the team performance was fantastic.

Goal of the game started off from keeper Rob, playing through CB Ryan to CM Jordan, who found Xavie, Xav playing a first time ball between the defenders for Will running in form left wing to fire into the top corner.

After the game, Coach Jason Brindley said:  “I’m delighted with the performance of the team today. Welshpool are a good side with some very good players, but today we played them off the park. The most encouraging thing was seeing the U14s come into the mix and really not look out of place.  The football we played was sharp and quick, and at times the one touch football was unplayable.”

Under 15s (14/02/16)

Airbus 1 TNS 6

On Sunday evening TNS U15s travelled to Airbus for a friendly fixture under the lights at the Airfield.

TNS U15s were looking to continue their recent run of good form against an always difficult opposition in Airbus.

Despite TNS controlling possession in the early stages, it was Airbus who had the best chance to open the scoring. An error in defence allowed the Airbus striker an opportunity but Rob Johnsen saved well in goal.

The young Saints were playing some good football and started creating chances. Ismael opened the scoring and Liam doubled the lead following a spill from the Airbus keeper. Airbus pulled one back 5 minutes before half time, heading home from a corner. Airbus called for a rally before half time but were dealt a bitter blow when Liam restored the 2 goal deficit moments later to go into the break 3-1 to TNS.

The U15s began the second half in the same fashion, keeping the ball and controlling possession, playing high in the Airbus half. Liam scored his third, James added a 5th and Darren marked his return from injury with a fine headed goal late on.

After the game, coach Jason Brindley said:  “I’m delighted with what I saw from the U15s this evening. We’ve been working hard on certain areas, and to see it come off against good opposition was very good. Whilst it is always nice to have a result, the players know it’s the performance that I ask for. They have taken on pre match instructions, and applied them in magnificent fashion. We totally controlled the game today, playing the majority of the game in the opposition half. We need to tweak certain areas but this group of players are really coming on and improving each week.”

Under 16s (14/02/16)

Conway 1 TNS 4

Squad : Ben, Tom, Haci, Jamie M, Rob, Jack G, Jack J, Peter, Ade, Sam, Harvey, Jamie S and Dennis (Capt)

Scorers : Ade 2, Harvey 1, Jamie S 1

Today saw TNS travel up the coast to play Conway.  The lads were eager to get a game on due to the recent winter break.

The game kicked off with TNS on the front foot and almost scored with their 1st attack, with Ade going close. The wind was playing a major part in this game with TNS kicking in to it 1st half. TNS enjoyed a lot of possession and had several good chances, but found the Conway keeper in fine form and with a bit more composure in front of goal should of scored.

Ben found Tom out wide left and his inch perfect pass found Harvey and his cross was turned in by Ade at the near post.

Again TNS controlled the game but couldn’t convert their chances. Conway equalised when a clearance got caught in the wind and the striker slotted the ball away at the 2nd attempt.
TNS come out of the traps quickly after the break and soon went ahead through a Jamie Samuels screamer from 25yards out. The ball was won in midfield by Dennis and he played the ball out wide to Tom who cut inside and played the ball to Jamie and his shot flew in to the top corner. TNS took total control of the game and went close again, when Peter Fletcher curled his corner in at the near post for the keeper to make a good save. Jack Jones picked the ball up wide right and his cross field pass was picked up by Harvey who found Ade unmarked to calmly take the ball around the keeper to put the ball in to the empty net.

TNS were totally dominant in the final third of the match with Conway struggling to get the ball out of their own half. The dominance paid off again with Tom again turning provider when he found Harvey on the edge of the box, who beat his marker and he cleverly beat the keeper and slotted the ball home with the final kick of the game.

Coach Steve Monk said ” I was very happy with the performance today, we have not played for some weeks and the lads hit the ground running. They were keen to get at Conway from the first whistle to the last. We found the wind a little bit of a problem to start with but soon took control of the game. We looked sharp all over the pitch and moved the ball very well. The lads have been working hard in training and it shown on the pitch today. With a little bit more composure and luck in front of goal and the score should have been more.”