THIS week’s Colwyn Bay Academy Players of the Week includes Mason Jenkins, who scored six goals for the Under-9s and set up numerous other chances for his team-mates, while new keeper Luca Jones had an outstanding debut for the Under-16s.
Full list of Players of the week, nominated by the various age group coaches:
UNDER-8 – BLAKE EVANS
After only two training sessions and now two matches, this new group really did impress against a good Connahs Quay outfit.
Blake has a good understanding of the detail, which along with his positional awareness ,was what made him stand out, as well as his desire to not be beaten in 1 v 1 duels. Bravery on the ball and bravery without is key in these fundamental age brackets.
Matt Sampson /Academy Director
UNDER-9 – MASON JENKINS
Mason has had an excellent week in both training and the match at the weekend. First off in training we looked at beating a defender and attacking the goal. Mason took to this very well, showing the ability he has with both feet. This was then followed by an outstanding performance in the match on the Saturday where Mason scored six goals, many of which we scored using what we had learnt in training.
As well as scoring, Mason also set up his team mates multiple times in what was an all round great display. Well done Mason, keep it up.
Joe Fitzpatrick / U9’s Head Coach
UNDER-10 – RORY GEORGE
As I was unable to attend training last week, this week’s player was selected on the performance in Saturday’s match. It was a tough choice with so many players on top form, but Rory really did impress with an outstanding defensive display.
Rory was asked and challenged to play a more defensive role and he really did step up and show fantastic versatility. His reading, anticipation and timing of his tackles was first class. He played with a superb energy always looking to apply pressure on the opposition forward players, and then showed great decision making in when to stand up and be difficult to beat in his 1 v 1s, and when successful showed great composure in stepping in to play some great forward passes.
It really was a heroic performance at times with his body on the line approach, and no more so with his unbelievable last ditch clearance of the line to prevent a certain goal.
Well done Rory keep up the hard work.
Matthew Roberts / Coach.
UNDER-11 – CIAN OWEN
Cian has carried his fantastic form through from last season. He keeps improving week in week out. Cian’s attitude towards training is always second to none and his work rate and commitment to progressing as a player is outstanding. This week we had a very tough game against a strong Nomads side, but again Cian’s attitudewas superb His ability to read the game is improving every week and his determination both defensively and going forward is a pleasure to watch.
Well done Cian, keep up the good work.
Becca Bannister/U11’s Coach
UNDER-12 – OLLY JACOBS
Since returning for the new season we have had a slightly delayed start, but in the couple of contacts we have had Olly has started really brightly and has shown a fantastic attitude and application.
He always turns up to every contact with a real enthusiastic approach and it’s really infectious and great to see from a player.
Over the weekend’s fixture Olly really put a shift in for the team and worked tirelessly leading the line. As usual Olly put everything into his performance setting the tempo and pressing from the front, constantly putting the opposition defenders under pressure as much as he could.
On a couple of occasions he was denied the rewards for his efforts, after showing some great skill and holding off a difficult opponent, by some superb goalkeeping from the opponents’ man of the match.,
Well done Olly.Keep up the great work.
Matthew Roberts / Coach
UNDER-13 – HARRISON McQUEEN
Harrison had a fantastic game at the weekend against a really good Connahs Quay side.
His positional awareness and anticipation of danger was top draw.
In possession Harrison gave us a fantastic outlet to play out from the back, picking the ball up deep and driving forward. This drew their players out of position and allowed him to link up with our midfield and attack superbly.
Out of possession his determination to win the ball back was brilliant. So much so it caused Connahs Quay to restructure their formation as they just got no joy down our left hand side.
A fantastic performance by Harrison even more so to stand out amongst his peers in what was a superb overall team display.
Well done Harrison. You really were brilliant.
Keep up the hard work mate.
Lee Bubb / U13s Head Coach
UNDER-14 – CAI ADAMS
An outstanding performance from Cai this week in a close game with Connah’s Quay.
Cai has looked really sharp since the return and is consistently displaying great driving dribbling ability along with a fantastic eye for a pass or through ball. His out of possession work is coming on fantastically and his pressing, and determination when the opposition have the ball, has really made great improvements.
Another key pillar of Cai’s game is the ease that he can operate across the attacking positions, right wing was the position this week, again no problem for him!
Always a hard worker in training, we have seen the rewards in the recent games and things are looking very positive for Cai’s Cymru Cup on Thursday – Well done and all the best Cai!
UNDER-15 – BEN SENIOR
A tough decision this week as every player in the team was outstanding, with boys playing out of position against a very strong Nomads side
Carrying on his form last season Ben has got off to a flyer this season. Asked to play in defence, due to injuries in the squad, Ben stepped up and put in an amazing performance, confident on the ball and strong in a tackle.
Well Done Ben. Keep up the hard work.
Russ / U15 Coach
UNDER-16 – LUCA JONES
As debuts go this was up there with the best. Luca’s first game as keeper with the academy showed how good his shot stopping ability is and his vocal command of his area gave our back line confidence.
It could have been a tricky day for him playing a good Connahs Quay team, but he went about his job looking calm under pressure. A very good start Luca. Well done.
UNDER-19 – ETHAN GOODWIN
After a few training sessions back the Under-19s had their first pre-season game, and it was really important to get minutes in the legs of our players.
Ethan caused great danger running in behind, furthermore with three changes of positions, he showed his versatility throughout the game. Energy levels and bravery on the ball was key for him on an individual basis.
A great start by all players where, as mentioned, minutes in the legs was the most important factor.
Matt Sampson/Academy Director