Last week was a proud moment for all of us at The New Saints, as four Academy players represented North Wales in the Cymru Cup 2017.
The tournament, which was played this year at the Connah’s Quay 3G facility, saw our young Saints competing against South Wales and the Welsh Regional Squad.
The players participating were all from the Under 15s: Regan Jones, Ben Buley, Iwan Roberts and Jack Parry. Former TNS Academy player Spencer Parrish was also involved.
During the two-day tournament, the players stayed in a nearby hotel. Team meetings, which involved the national side’s Assistant Manager, Osian Roberts, covered playing ‘the Welsh way’.
The opening game saw North and South go head-to-head. Taking the game to the south Walians from the off, the North were clinical in front of goal, eventually running out 8-2 winners.
Day two was a much tougher challenge, as the North faced the Welsh Regional squad, comprising players from category 1 Academies that included the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United.
It was the turn of their opponents this time to take the early initiative in the game, although the North did step up a gear in the second half. Overall it was an even contest, although missing a number of opportunities in front of goal cost the North, as they slipped to a 3-0 defeat.
Speaking about the experience afterwards, midfielder Ben Buley said:
“It was a fantastic experience, I feel proud to represent North Wales and The New Saints. I enjoyed playing at such a high standard and being challenged to improve.”
We chatted with Jason Brindley, who expressed his personal satisfaction at seeing four TNS players involved. ” I’m really proud of the players representing both North Wales and The New Saints. The boys have done fantastic to reach this stage, going through a training process before finally being selected to play.”
Praising each individual, he then added, “They did themselves a lot of justice and credit, I thought that they applied themselves brilliantly, on and off the field.”
Finally, acknowledging the ongoing work here at Park Hall, the Academy head concluded, “It is a great experience and to have so many players selected from the Academy shows that we are doing a great job within the club, pushing and developing our players.”
To find out more about our Academy, contact Jason: firstname.lastname@example.org