The New Saints were on the wrong end of a late winner by Adam Gyursco as Hungarian Champions Videoton gained an advantage in the UEFA Champions League Second Qualifying Round tie.
A one goal defeat was slightly flattering for the visitors after large periods of the game were very even.
TNS began well and created the chance of the match inside the opening minute. A great ball from Chris Marriott set up Aeron Edwards who was only inches away from giving Craig Harrison’s side a perfect start.
‘Vidi’ then controlled the opening stages of the first half without ever testing Paul Harrison in the TNS goal.
However, midway through what was an evenly poised game, Gyrusco was denied when Harrison expertly saved his shot after the winger was one on one with him.
Moments later, Scott Quigley broke forward and tested the visiting goalkeeper with a powerful drive as TNS grew into the game.
With ten minutes to go in the first half, TNS were in the ascendancy and Adrian Cieslewicz fired a powerful shot from the edge of the box that whistled just wide of the post.
Quigley then broke forward again and set up Sam Finley who shot wide as the half ended goalless.
The second half was much more open and ten minutes into it Koltai glanced a header just wide.
TNS continued to push forward with both Chris Seargeant and the aforementioned Edwards shooting wide from outside the box.
The only goal of the game came in the 77th minute when Gyursco’s powerful shot beat Harrison in the bottom corner to give Videoton a vital away goal.
The WPL Champions continued to battle but even with substitutes Jamie Mullan, Greg Draper and Matty Williams all appearing, couldn’t find the equaliser and they will go into the second leg next week trailing by one goal to nil.
Full time: TNS 0-1 Videoton.
|1||Harrison (GK) (C)||42||Gábor (GK)|
|25||Mullock (GK)||40||Gyánó (GK)|