Today's TNS line-up for the Cardiff Met game.
Minutes from kick-off! pic.twitter.com/lTKVqZyP0j
— The New Saints FC (@tnsfc) March 18, 2017
Substitutions: Edwards for Seargeant and Farleigh for Cieslewicz.
This afternoon in the capital, The New Saints recorded their 25th Dafabet Welsh Premier League victory of the season. Although the reigning champions had a number of changes in the starting line-up, there was no weakness to exploit, and the 5-0 result was an emphatic declaration of the depth of squad at Park Hall.
Taking the game to the home side from the off, just six minutes had gone when Alex Darlington put the ball past the keeper from close range 0-1
Four minutes later it was TNS’ number 20 who doubled both the lead and his own tally, as in the box he gave Will Fuller no chance with his perfectly-placed shot 0-2
With nineteen minutes on the clock, a corner for The Archers was headed behind Andy Wycherley’s goal. The young keeper will be pleased with his league debut, and of course, the clean sheet that went with it.
With 25 gone, TNS made it 0-3 with initial confusion as to who got the final touch, either Greg Draper or a Cardiff Met player.
In the end, although the TNS number 9 played it on, it was credited as a Josh Barnett own goal.
Draper again went for glory just a few minutes later with a header, following a cross from the right.
With TNS dominating both possession and chances, Corsby went close for the home side, as his effort on goal was just wide of Wycherley’s right post.
With the second-half just underway, TNS’ New Zealand international, Greg Draper, burst through and his final touch was firmly planted beyond Fuller. 0-4
Almost two-thirds of the way through the game, Adrian Cieslewicz made it 0-5 as he put the ball over the keeper from the left, after making his way into the box.
Cardiff battled away, but even a consolation goal was beyond them. On 76 minutes they had a corner but the result was a shot from Corsby that was well over.
The victory leaves TNS with a 23-point lead at the top (and a game in hand), just five points dropped all season and a massive goal difference of 74. With 91 goals scored so far this season and five games to go, the monumental achievement of finding the net 100 times is well within reach.
Finally, it was great to have Emma Tattum and Kara Davies join us on the media team today. They are degree students at Wrexham’s Glyndwr University and they’ll be sharing their experiences in due course, so as they say, watch this space.