Six Of The Best For The New Saints’ Under-19s – Match Report

Match report by Steve Benyon

Yesterday saw a squad of 15 performance phase players play at home to Llandudno in the Welsh Premier Development League.

Fielding eight 16 year olds, alongside two first teamers and a second year, we went into the game with high spirits, and the players certainly didn’t disappoint.

The players played with confidence all over the pitch, playing through the thirds, creating overloads, as well as creating numerous opportunities, we scored four well worked goals through Owen Jones, Josh Bailey, after he dealt with a 70 yard pass and follow on run, and an Aaron Lloyd double, including a bullet header after a brilliant cross from Ethan Short.

At half-time the message was clear…more of the same and to keep enjoying themselves while showing the opposition respect by playing the football we expect here at the club.

We scored a further two goals through Ethan Short and Azza to complete his hat-trick, with a stunning 35 yard lob, to win the game 6-0.

It was great to see the players showing the hunger and desire to not only play for each other, but to also be brave and get on the ball.

All in all, it was a fantastic team performance.

We now focus our attention to two college league games, both away to Lancaster/Myerscough and Newcastle-under-Lyme, as well as an away trip to Rhyl on Sunday in the Welsh Premier Development League.









After having their JD Welsh Premier Development League (North) title hopes dented by 2 straight defeats by title rivals Airbus UK Broughton (0-2 away, 0-1 home) and a 2-2 away draw at fellow title rivals Connah’s Quay Nomads in their previous 3 games, The New Saints Under 19 team bounced back in style with a 6-0 home win over Llandudno Under 19 at a wet and windy Park Hall Stadium on Sunday evening.


Saints’ 3 match winless run had left them in 4th place in the table, 2 points behind 3rd placed Nomads with Airbus a further 5 points ahead in 2nd place and leaders Cefn Druids a further point clear at the top.


Meanwhile, Llandudno went into the game on the back of a 3-2 home league win over 6th placed Bala Town in their most recent game on Sunday 9th December which had left them in 8th place.


Saints took the lead in the 15th minute when Tai Jones’ long through ball to Owen Jones was spilled by Llandudno keeper Jack Williams whose attempted clearance rebounded off defender Harri Jones to Owen Jones, who was left with a right foot tap in from about a yard out into the keeper’s right hand corner.


It was 2-0 in the 36th minute when Finley Jeffries’ low through ball found Owen Jones inside the left of the box who took a touch before sending a low through ball on the left to the over-lapping Ethan Short.  He ran to the byeline before cutting the ball back low for James Rutter who swivelled 3 yards out before passing low across the 6 yard box to Aaron Lloyd, who tapped home his right foot shot from close range.


It was 3-0 right at the end of the 39th minute when Josh Bailey’s low through ball on the left found Rutter who took a touch before squaring infield to Short in the middle and he took a touch before passing infield to Owen Jones.  He squared infield to Bailey who fired his first time right foot shot from 6 yards into the centre of the goal.


It was 4-0 at the end of the 44th minute when Short’s free kick from the left found Aaron Lloyd who sent his head into Williams’ right hand corner to give Saints a comfortable half time lead.


It was 5-0 just into the 53rd minute when Owen Jones’ low ball from left to middle found Short who took a touch before seeing his right foot shot from 20 yards take a deflection off Tudno’s Harri Jones and loop into Williams’ left hand corner.  However, it was going in so was definitely Short’s goal.


It was 6-0 in the 61st minute when Alex Cadman’s low through ball on the left found Short who ran on, the advancing Williams’ clearance only found Lloyd and he took a touch before sending his right foot lob from 35 yards into the centre of the goal.


Saints: Lewis Dutton, Alex Cadman, Aaron Lloyd, Ethan Short, Josh Bailey, Finley Jeffries, Kane Lewis, Joash Nembhard, James Rutter, Owen Jones, Tai Jones.  Subs: Robbie Williams (not used), Alex Brownhill (for Jeffries 60), Owen Williams (for Cadman 75), Luis Edwards (for Owen Jones 58).


Tudno: Jack Williams, James Lansdowne, Telor Williams, Kieran Edwards, Harri Jones, Dafydd Thomas, Keating Hoe-Pike, Morgan Owen, Aron Hughes, Joe Carey, Osian Jones.  Subs: Sion Williams (for Lansdowne 24), Geraint Jones (for Carey 62), Morgan Ashworth (for Hoe-Pike 75).


The New Saints Under 19  team’s next fixture is this Sunday (20th January) when they are away to Rhyl in the league with kick off at The Corbett Sports Stadium, Grange Road, Rhyl scheduled for 2.00pm.