Wilde Winner for Saints

The New Saints moved a step closer to progressing in the UEFA Champions League in dramatic style after winning the first leg against B36 Torshavn 2-1 thanks to 90th minute winner from Mike Wilde.

Despite going a goal down inside six minutes, goals from Scott Quigley and Wilde gave Craig Harrison’s side the advantage in the tie.

The Saints got off to the worst possible start when Hans Samuelsen curled the ball into the far corner to give B36 the lead after TNS had failed to clear a throwing.

However, TNS levelled within five minutes thanks to Quigley who tapped in from close range after a deflected cross.

With The Saints controlling the possession, Simon Spender found himself in space but managed to shoot inches wide with the Tordur Thomsen beaten.

The second half began with a glorious chance for Wilde but the TNS number 18 was thwarted by the Faroese goalkeeper.

The hosts began to throw more men forward but on the hour mark Quigley, who was impressive all night, fired a powerful shot from the edge of the box that flew inches over the bar.

Samuelsen then hit a dangerous looking free kick over as the game became increasingly open.

With only ten minutes remaining, Quigley was brought down in what appeared to be the box but the referee deemed the foul just outside the box.

With The Saints in the ascendancy, the hosts broke forward and TNS had to rely on their classy captain to keep them level. Paul Harrison produced an excellent save to deny Roaldur Jacobsen.

And then with the match about to run into the 90th minute, Wilde scored a decisive winning goal. Chris Seargeant’s brilliant run got him into space and his beautiful chipped cross found the TNS number 18 in space at the back post. The former Chester man then powered his volley past Thomsen to give TNS a deserved lead in the tie.

The second leg will take place at Park Hall Stadium on Tuesday the 7th of July.

 

The TNS line up was Harrison (C), Spender, K.Edwards, Rawlinson, Marriott, Seargeant, A.Edwards, Finley (Williams 80), Quigley (Draper 84), Cieslewicz (Mullan 74)and Wilde.

The unused substitutes were Mullock, Baker, Darlington and Reed.

The B36 line was Thomsen, Eriksen, Borg (Dam 61), Faero, Nielsen, Samuelsen, Jacobsen, Cieslewicz, Heinesen, Eysturoy and Thorleifsson.

The unused substitutes for B36 were H.Askham, T.Askham, B.Petersen, P.Petersen, Mellemgaard and Agnarsson.