Ethan Jones Grabs Winner For Under-18s
: Shrewsbury Town v Wigan Athletic (Saturday 12 March 2016, Football League Youth Alliance - North West league, 11am kick-off). NEXT FIXTURE
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UNUSED SUBS: Lezion Cela, Bradley Caswell, Tobias Hayles-Docherty.
: Dan Jozeph(GK), Sam Tonks, Callum Cockerill-Mollett, Jordan Sangha, Jamie Smith, Kory Roberts, Nathan Owen, Will Shorrock (Brendan Pooni, 84), Cameron Peters, Maziar Kouhyar, Kyle King (Ashley Maddocks, 56). WALSALL LINE-UP
BOOKED: Hughes (78).
GOALS: Ethan Jones (39)
UNUSED SUBS: Callum Grogan, Tom King, Mathew Jones.
: Charlie Bannister(GK); Ryan Sears, Callum Roberts, George Hughes, Joel Bonner, Joel Carta (George Hassall, 63), Joe Kenton, Chris Gallagher, Ethan Jones, John McAtee (Jacob Rammell, 86), Nathan Millis. SHREWSBURY TOWN LINE-UP
FULL-TIME: Shrewsbury Town 1-0 Walsall
However it was Jones’ lone strike which decided the outcome and meant that the home side came away with all three points.
Despite the visitors having most of the chances, it was Shrewsbury who had the best chance when John McAtee, who was later replaced by Jacob Rammell, put a ball through for Ethan Jones who got into the box before seeing his shot rebound back off the far post.
Walsall had the majority of the chances in the second half however Town keeper Charlie Bannister was very rarely tested which is testament to the impressive defence in front of him.
The second half kicked-off with both teams unchanged in the hope that the second half would bring the same attack-minded football that the first half provided but neither side could get a foothold on the game which prompted both teams to make a change in the first 20 minutes of the second half with George Hassall replacing Joel Carta for Shrewsbury.
HALF-TIME: Shrewsbury Town 1-0 Walsall
His initial shot was well saved by the Walsall stopper but the ball fell to George Hughes who played a clever ball through the defence into Jones whose first-time shot beat the goalkeeper to make sure that the hosts ended up going into the half time break 1-0 up.
But Shrewsbury striker Ethan Jones was looking increasingly dangerous for the home side and it was he who broke the deadlock on 39 minutes.
Walsall had a number of good chances of their own and it took an excellent last ditch clearance to stop them from taking the lead 25 minutes in.
The opening exchanges were a rather open affair with both teams trying to get forward whenever they had possession and Town saw a couple of good attacks come to nothing in the first 20 minutes with both Chris Gallagher and Nathan Millis supplying fine crosses into the box which were well dealt with by the Saddlers defence.
The goal was enough to give Town a good response at a rather chilly Shrewsbury Sports Village after a harsh defeat at Bury a week before.
Ethan Jones first-half strike fired Shrewsbury Town to victory over Walsall in the Football League Youth Alliance - North West league on Saturday morning.