Brave Saints knocked out of Europe

The Saints started really well and were not fazed by the hostile Polish crowd. The home side had a lot of the ball but were unable to find a way through a stubborn Saints defence.

After 15 minutes, Mike Wilde nearly put his side in front. Chris Marriott did wonderfully well to whip a dangerous cross to the back post and the TNS striker headed just wide.

Soon after, Aeron Edwards saved an almost certain goal with a terrific last ditch block. The energetic midfielder somehow managed to make up the yards and he got his foot on the ball to make it go for a corner when it looked as though Vlademir Dvalishvili was set to open the scoring.

Despite the home side having the majority of the ball for the first half, The Saints went into the break level after an amazing first half performance.

Moments into the second half, The Oswestry based side nearly took the lead. Simon Spender nearly picked out Wilde at the front post, after an incredible run down the right hand side.

However, soon after Legia broke the deadlock. Miroslav Radovic produced a great ball over the top, that was met by Dvalishvili, who coolly slotted in from just inside the box.

With 2o minutes of the game remaining, the Polish Giants nearly made it two. Dominik Furman rattled his free kick against the cross bar. Craig Harrison then replaced Mike Wilde, Alex Darlington and Ryan Fraughan with Sam Finley, Matty Williams and Greg Draper respectively.

The Saints battled on until the end and although the Welsh Champions couldn’t quite manage to score a famous goal in the Pepsi Arena, Craig Harrison and his side had done everyone proud.

Full time: Legia Warsaw 1-0 TNS.

The New Saints team was Harrison (C), Spender, Marriott, Baker, K.Edwards, Fraughan, Seargeant, Mullan, Wilde, A.Edwards and Darlington.
On the bench were Mullock, Ruscoe, Finley, Draper, Williams, Rawlinson and Quigley.

The Legia Warsaw side was Kuciak, Dosa Junior, Jodlowiec, Wawrzyniak, Bereszynski, Vrodolijak (c), Radovic, Furman, Saganowski, Dvalishvili and  Zyro.