On Sunday 16th September, The New Saints U19s Performance Phase development squad faced Flint Town United in the Welsh Premier Development League, writes Jason Brindley.
Our U19s were looking to bounce back after last week’s disappointing defeat to Cefn Druids. It wasn’t just the defeat that hurt but more the nature of it.
Players struggled to maintain shape and were wasteful in possession. Training last week was aimed at getting the positivity back and working on how we would approach the game in Friday’s match prep session.
I was delighted at the bright start, as the boys started with a real tempo and were patient yet purposeful in ball movement.
The first goal was superb. Goalkeeper Robbie split the opposition forwards with a pass into deep-lyer Alex Cadman. ‘Caddy’ played on the half-turn and played a superb pass over the opposition high line to the run of right forward Tai Jones.
Tai took the ball into the area and selflessly laid the ball into the path of James Rutter for an open goal tap in. I was delighted for James. He worked tirelessly for his team all game and only joined in the summer from Flint Town. I know he was delighted with the goal and it was thoroughly deserved.
And it didn’t take long for our young Saints to double the lead. The impressive Ismail Ozdemir whipped in a perfect cross from the left into the corridor of uncertainty between the goal and the penalty spot and the ball was diverted in by an unfortunate Flint defender for an own goal.
The third and final goal of the game was scored towards the end of the first half when Tai Jones picked up the ball just inside the opposition half. He glided past 2 Flint defenders, sank the keeper and tapped it into the net. It was a fantastic individual goal of brilliance.
Flint changed their shape in the second half and did have moments with more possession, however we defended well and limited them to only a couple of chances, while looking dangerous when we counter attacked. The game finished 3-0.
Overall, I was very pleased to see the reaction that we were seeking after last week when the performance was flat. The boys were good, and worked so hard together.
Their decision making in possession was better and some of the movement was very good. I’m glad that they took a good weeks’ worth of training and applied it in the game.
Next week we begin our CAT1 League campaign and continue our Welsh Development League next Sunday away to Newtown.
Additional Match Report By David Figg
The New Saints Under-19s 3-0 Flint Town Under-19s
JD Welsh Premier Development League (North)
Played at Park Hall Stadium, Oswestry
Sunday 16th September 2018
After crashing to their second defeat in their first 3 league games with a poor performance in a 0-2 home defeat by Cefn Druids the previous Sunday, The New Saints Under 19 team bounced back with a 3-0 home win over Flint Town United Under 19s in their JD Welsh Premier Development League (North) clash at Park Hall on Sunday.
Saints’ defeat by Druids had seen them go into the game in 7th place out of 11 in the table as the 4th of 7 teams all level on 4 points.
Meanwhile, Flint had gone into the game in 3rd place, level on points with 2nd placed Druids (but with an inferior goal difference) after winning 2 and losing 1 of their first 3 games.
Saints took the lead at the end of the 9th minute when Alex Cadman’s long ball over the top on the right found Tai Jones whose first time low cross found James Rutter, who fired his left foot shot from 4 yards into Flint keeper Brad Miller’s right hand corner.
It was 2-0 in the 11th minute when a stray pass by Flint’s Charlie Hughes was intercepted by Ismail Ozdemir on the Saints left and he ran down the line before crossing low to the edge of the 6 yard box where Flint’s Tom Roberts turned the ball into Miller’s right hand corner from close range for a unfortunate own goal.
It was eventually 3-0 just before the end of the 40th minute when Tai Jones ran down the right and cut into the box past 2 defenders before firing past the advancing Miller into his right hand corner for a fine individual goal.
There were no further goals in the second half and Saints actually finished the game with just 10 men when, with all their 3 permitted substitutions having already been made, Rutter went off injured in the 86th minute.
It was a much improved performance than that against Druids a week earlier and this morale boosting win lifts Saints up to 5th place in the table as the 3rd of 4 teams all on 6 points.
Saints: Robbie Williams, Alex Cadman, Aaron Lloyd, Liam Ihekwoaba, Fin Jefferies, Louis Bradford, Tai Jones, Harry Woledge, James Rutter, Owen Jones, Ismail Ozdemir. Subs: Lewis Rees (for Owen Jones 57), Ryan McVeigh (for Lloyd 81), Luis Edwards (for Ozdemir 69), Rob Johnson (not used).
Flint: Brad Miller, Iwan Forster, Harvey Tattum, Callum Williams, Joe Hinchcliff, Jake Hampson, Lewis Roberts, Charlie Hughes, Matty Hill, Tom Roberts, Josh Gaskin. Subs: Tom Burrows (for Tom Roberts 46), Leon Sumner (not used), Bobby Evans (for Gaskin 54), Danny Richman (for Lewis Roberts 46).