The New Saints beat Carmarthen Town 2-0 in the Dafabet Welsh Premier League at Park Hall Stadium thanks to goals from Chris Seargeant and Greg Draper.
A penalty at the start of the second half from Seargeant and a brilliant goal from Draper gave TNS the three points.
Craig Harrison’s side began well and nearly opened the scoring inside ten minutes when Scott Quigley smashed the bar with an incredible strike. With the bar still shaking, Carmarthen’s Dwaine Bailey then tried to clear the rebound and in doing so hit the bar again.
The Saints had enjoyed a lot of passion but had found it hard to break through a stubborn Carmarthen defence. However, with a minute remaining in the first half, Adrian Cieslewicz’s wonderful run ended up with him finding space in the box but unfortunately his curling effort flew inches over the bar.
The second half began with TNS once again controlling the ball and on the 47th minute, Chris Marriott was brought down in the box and a penalty was awarded. Seargeant stepped up and slotted past Lee Idzi to give TNS the lead.
With twenty minutes left to play, Draper then scored a spectacular goal to double the advantage for The Saints. The New Zealand International brought the ball down in the box before spinning and unleashing a powerful drive into the bottom corner.
Five minutes later and substitute Sacha Walters was sent off for kicking out at Quigley.
With only minutes to play, Dan Gosset was brought on to make his debut for The Saints and within seconds nearly helped his new team to another goal. The impressive Quigley controlled the ball in the box but his curling shot struck the post and bounced clear.
The Saints continued to push forward but were unable to add another goal and the match finished 2-0 to TNS.
TNS: Harrison (C), Spender (Darlington 82), Marriott, Baker, K.Edwards, Seargeant (Gosset 82), A.Edwards, Draper, Quigley, Cieslewicz (R.Edwards 65) & Wilde.
The unused substitutes were Mullock, Wycherey and Evans.