Following last season’s debut excursion into the Irn-Bru Cup, when The New Saints reached the last four, our attention again focuses on the competition, as we welcome Livingston to Park Hall.
The second round tie is a reversal of last season’s quarter-final fixture, when goals from Englishman Quigley, Scotsman Saunders and Welshman Parry, gave TNS a 3-0 victory at the Tony Macaroni Arena.
In a game that the home side just edged on possession (51% – 49%), it was TNS’ shots on goal (16-5) that ultimately proved the difference between the teams on the day.
This time round, David Hopkin’s Lions as the team is known, are in the Scottish Championship after promotion last season. They currently find themselves in 6th place in a ten-team league, after their first victory of 2017/2018 at Greenock Morton last weekend, following two draws and a defeat.
Recent news that will be of particular interest to Welsh football fans is the appointment of John Hartson as a part-time coach. Well familiar with green and white hoops, albeit Celtic’s not TNS’, he is now coaching the black-shirted strike-force at Livingston.
Although just the Livi pair Josh Mullin and Danny Mullen featured last season, will we get the commentator’s nightmare this time round if TNS’ Jamie Mullan is involved? Mullan, Mullen and Mullin. It’s like a total eclipse of the sun, it doesn’t happen very often.
The game at Park Hall this weekend (Sunday, September 3 2017) is a 2.45 pm kick-off. Admission is £10 / £5 and there is an hospitality package available. For further details, click HERE
The game is being shown live on Sgorio and as always, TNS Radio will be bringing you commentary and chat from Park Hall. You can access the link via the NEWS section at the head of the page.
The match officials are as follows:
Referee: Robert Harvey (ROI)
Assistants: Gareth Wyn Jones (WAL) & Phil Roszkowski (WAL)
4th Official: Nick Pratt (WAL)