Mynydd Isa Spartans Under-19s 2-3 The New Saints Under-19s Match Report
FAW Youth Cup Round Three
The New Saints under-19s booked their place in the fourth round of the FAW Youth Cup, after a hard-fought victory against Mynydd Isa Spartans under-19s this afternoon.
In a match which proved a lot closer than many people anticipated, the lower-ranked side took last season’s finalists all the way to extra-time, with Roman Allen’s goal, in the 14th minute of the additional period, the only difference between the two teams.
The home side were certainly up for this one, and saw a number of early chances go wide of the post, before eventually taking a surprise lead with 13 minutes played.
A long kick from the goalkeeper split the two TNS central defenders, allowing Kobie Betts to chase down the bouncing ball, and the Mynydd Isa man made no mistake, as he smashed an effort past Lewis Dutton to put his side in front.
The hosts weren’t leading for long though, as Lewis Bloor took advantage of a good ball across the penalty area in the 27th minute, finishing well from close range at the back post.
And 10 minutes later, Simon Smith’s side completed the turnaround. After Roman Allen watched his header bounce back off the crossbar, Regan Jones was the man in the right place, as he finished calmly with a header of his own, to make it 2-1 to TNS Under-19s.
The second period was much quieter, with neither goalkeeper having much work to do. In the 77th minute though, TNS thought they’d wrapped things up, as Allen tapped home a rebound, after the home keeper had spilled a free-kick.
Much the the relief of the hosts however, the assistant raised his flag and the goal was ruled out for offside, keeping TNS’ advantage at just the one goal.
And that proved to be a key moment of the match, as Mynydd Isa grabbed an 84th minute equaliser, sparking celebrations at the other end. A corner from the far side was swung into the penalty area, where it was met superbly by Jake Moffatt, who smashed a volley into the back of the net, which left Dutton rooted to the spot, and clawed his side back onto level terms.
It was enough to take the game to extra-time, despite Lewis Bloor almost lobbing the goalkeeper, and sealing the win, with the last kick of the 90.
And it looked as if things could go either way, until the 10th minute of extra-time that was. A high challenge from a Mynydd Isa man lead to a second yellow card and his dismissal, causing the tide to turn in TNS’ favour.
And just four minutes later, The Saints were back in front. Not to be denied this time, Roman Allen rose highest to meet a corner from the far side, and sent a powerful header into the back of the net, making the score 3-2.
The hosts rallied again late in the second-half of extra-time, but some resolute defending was enough to deny them another equaliser, meaning The Saints move into the draw for the next round of the competition.
The New Saints Under-19s Team
30. Lewis Dutton
2. Tom Williams
5. Roman Allen
9. Lewis Rees
12. Ryan Smith
15. Ryan Dacey
18. Mark Holdridge
19. Lewis Bloor
20. Ryan Morgan
27. Regan Jones
70. Will Nevitt
1. Robbie Williams
10. Ethan Short
11. Luis Edwards
14. Dylan Dacey