Match report by Stewart Bloor
For the second Saturday on the bounce, Park Hall hosted a pre-season friendly. Last week it was Ynys Môn who were the visitors, this time round it was the Pro Ethical Elite Football Academy. Managed by ex-English Premier League player, Pascal Chimbonda, the side consisted of players looking to get a break into the professional game.
With several new faces in the TNS FC line-up, the game was another opportunity for Scott Ruscoe to look at various players, as he considers his options ahead of the new season proper.
Dominating from the off, with Connor Roberts a spectator in the TNS goal, Ryan Brobbel fired the JD Welsh Premier League champions into the lead in the fifth minute.
Looking to then become provider, the Northern Ireland U21 international found Kurtis Byrne with a ball in from the left. The striker rattled the woodwork, as the home side looked to increase their lead.
In the 14th minute, Byrne did find the back of the net though, as he pounced instinctively on a loose ball in the box. Prodding home, despite the efforts of the defender who tried to clear the ball, The New Saints took a well-deserved 2-0 lead.
Six minutes later it was 3-0. Following a foul on Billy Whitehouse, Danny Redmond took the resultant free-kick from the left which found the head of Brobbel, who in turn found the back of the net.
A couple of minutes on from that and Byrne got his second and TNS’ fourth, rippling the net from inside the box, after good work from the home side.
With just 34 minutes played, Byrne’s hat-trick was followed by a goal from Jamie Mullan, as Scott Ruscoe watched his side score six with no reply.
With three minutes to go before the break, Byrne’s fourth – as he slotted to the keeper’s left – saw the lead extended.
No more goals followed, as the referee blew for the break, with The New Saints heading for the dressing room with a more than comfortable 7-0 lead.
Half-time: The New Saints FC 7 Pro Ethical Elite Football Academy 0
The start of the second period saw nine changes, including the introduction of seven-times capped Wales international, and assistant manager at Park Hall, Steve Evans.
With just two minutes played, another of the changes, Adrian Cieslewicz, made it 8-0 as the second half started where the first one ended, with The New Saints dominating.
It was another of the established old guard who made it 9-0, as Chris Seargeant – who is now TNS Academy’s Head of Coaching – scored from close range.
The double-figures were reached in the 16th minute of the second period, as a player at the opposite end of his career – Harry Bower – found the net. The pacy forward is one of a quartet of youngsters that have come through the system at Park Hall to have recently signed professional terms.
It was 11-0 just four minutes later when Cieslewicz scored his second of the game. On for a hat-trick, the Polish winger selflessly passed the ball to Greg Draper in the penalty area, as the JD Welsh Premier League’s Golden Boot made it 12-0.
Another selfless act – this time from Sergeant – was anything but unlucky for The New Saints as the score reached 13-0, with New Zealand international, Draper, getting his second of the game.
No more goals followed, as Scott Ruscoe’s side made it two wins out of two so far in the pre-season campaign.
Full-time: The New Saints FC 13 Pro Ethical Elite Football Academy 0
Goals: Byrne (4), Brobbel (2), Cieslewicz (2), Draper (2), Bower, Mullan, Seargeant.
Lead image courtesy of Brian Jones.
|15th June 2019||2:00 pm|
|The New Saints FC||13|
|Pro Ethical Elite Football Academy||0|