It was always going to be a tough game against an unbeaten Barry Town United, but this afternoon the TNS FC U-19s booked their place in the FAW Youth Cup final, courtesy of a 2-0 victory.
We captured footage of the players and staff as they made their way to Aberystwyth Town’s Park Avenue, and you can watch those videos below.
The game itself, as expected, was a keenly-contested affair, with both sides looking to stamp their authority from the off. Although the Linnets did have the ball in the net as we approached the one-third stage of the game, the referee had already blown for a foul on Lewis Dutton.
Just three minutes later, his counterpart in the Barry goal, Ryley Allen, denied Lewis Rees, as he pushed his goal-bound shot over the bar.
Confusion in the TNS defence in the 33rd minute, led to Dutton picking up a ball deemed to have been a back-pass. With the free-kick right on the edge of the six-yard box, a packed area did its job though.
With one minute of added time at the end of the first period, great work from the excellent Rees down the right found Malachai Balogun, who made no mistake as he calmly slotted home.
With both sides going for it in the second period, it was a 56th minute wonder-strike from Lewis Bloor that proved to be the goal that wrapped up the victory for The New Saints.
Smashing the ball from outside the area, the prolific striker gave Allen no chance, as the game slipped away from the south Walians’ grasp.
With ten minutes to go though, Barry were handed a golden opportunity to get themselves back into the encounter. Finding himself in the box, Sam Roberts had just Dutton between him and the goal, but his shot was wide.
Having beaten Newtown AFC earlier in the day, Chirk AAA will be The New Saints’ opponent in the FAW Youth Cup final. Details will be released once confirmed.
Starting line-up: Lewis Dutton, Ryan Morgan, Aaron Lloyd, Ryan Dacey, Lewis Bloor, Beau Cornish, Spencer Parrish, Regan Jones, Lewis Rees (c), Josh Bailey, Malachai Balogun. Subs: Alex Cadman, Louis Edwards, Ryan Smith (on for Jones, 89), Mark Holdridge, Tom Williams.
Goals: Malachai Balogun (45+1), Lewis Bloor (56)
Yellow card: Lewis Rees (76)