Friday, April 27, 2012

Narrow defeat for youth in cup final

THE New Saints went down to a narrow defeat in their first-ever appearance in the FAW Youth Cup final.

TNS lost 2-1 to seven times winners Swansea City, who have now lifted the trophy three seasons in a row.
The Swans nearly found themselves behind in the opening minute at The Airfield, but goalkeeper Ashley Elsey produced a fine save.
However, in what was a lacklustre opening period for the holders, Ryan Jones headed the Saints into a half-time lead before the Swans came out stronger in the second half.
After Kurtis March had a chance to level, the Swans did equalise on 63 minutes when Scott Tancock headed home.
And it was left to James Loveridge to convert the winner from a Gwion Edwards cross to send the trophy back to the Liberty Stadium.
But only a fine double save from keeper Elsey prevented the Saints from taking the game into extra-time.

The first game at Park Hall

Stadium details

Burma Road
Oswestry SY11 4AS
Tel: 01691 684840
By road
Leave the A5 at the junction with the A495 Whittington Road. Burma Road is the first major turning on the left and is signposted Park Hall. The ground is another 400 yards on your right.
Enter postcode SY11 4AS
By rail
Nearest station is Gobowen (2 miles).
By bus
Service from Oswestry.

Bygone days

Park Hall as it was when Oswestry Town played there.

Highest attendances

The record Welsh Premier attendance at a TNS game was 1,468 for the title decider against Bangor City on 21 April 2012.
The biggest crowd at Treflan, Llansantffraid was 1,042 v Rhyl on 23 January 2005.