This afternoon's starting line-up for our first pre-season friendly against Ynys Môn. pic.twitter.com/L95V6zUtNS
— The New Saints FC (@tnsfc) June 8, 2019
Match report: Stewart Bloor
With the UEFA Champions League and Island Games tournament on the horizon, the match played at Park Hall offered both The New Saints FC and Ynys Môn (Anglesey) the opportunity for players from both sides to get some valuable pitch-time.
As expected, Scott Ruscoe used the fixture to give the full squad the chance to impress, in the team’s first friendly of 2019/2020. In addition, several trialists were on display, as the starting line-up consisted of four names that wore a TNS FC shirt for the first time.
The first real opportunity for the reigning JD Welsh Premier League (JD WPL) champions fell to Kurtis Byrne in the 11th minute. However, the Irish striker couldn’t connect cleanly with the ball from Greg Draper, as the game remained goalless.
It was the current JD WPL golden boot who was again involved in the action several minutes later, as The New Saints threatened to break the deadlock.
As the game flowed more and more in favour of the home side, a trialist scored the opening goal for TNS, finding the back of the net with a shot in the penalty area.
Just past the halfway stage of the first half though, Ynys Môn were back on level terms. An initial long ball was then played into the box, as John Littlemore headed home at the far post.
In the 36th minute the lead was restored though, as Danny Redmond made contact with the ball at the far post, connecting with a low cross to put The New Saints back in the driving seat.
Half-Time: The New Saints FC 2 Ynys Môn 1
Within five minutes of the second half, with numerous changes from the starting eleven, CJ Craven finished off a good move as he slotted home inside the penalty area to extend the lead.
In spite of the change in personnel, Scott Ruscoe’s side looked energetic and confident as they continued to take the game to Anglesey’s representatives, whose tournament, on home turf, begins shortly. Up against Western Isles on June 16 at Holyhead, two days later The New Saints will know their opponents in the UEFA Champions League, as the draw takes place.
As we approached the seventieth minute, a second trialist made it 4-1, putting the ball away from close range, as The New Saints attacked the stand end of the ground.
No more goals followed and with four different names on the scoresheet – including two trialists – it was a good work out for the reigning JD WPL champions.
Everyone at Park Hall wishes Ynys Môn all the very best in the upcoming Island Games.
Final score: The New Saints FC 4 Ynys Môn 1
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