The New Saints thrashed Bangor City by five goals to nil at The Book People Stadium despite being down to ten men for the majority of the second half.
Goals from Aeron Edwards, Scott Quigley, Kai Edwards, Mike Wilde, Adrian Cieslewicz ensured that TNS left with all three points and extended their lead at the top of the Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League.
TNS took the lead inside the opening five minutes thanks to a superb header from Aeron Edwards. A great cross from Wilde ended up with Edwards heading past Jack Cudworth to give TNS a dream start at the Book People Stadium.
Bangor, who had started with a lot of energy looked suspect every time that The Saints went forward and it wasn’t long until the next goal.
With only 17 minutes gone Quigley doubled the lead. The winger cut inside and fired an unstoppable strike into the top corner from the edge of the box. The TNS number 22 was given space and drove inside before unleashing an inch perfect shot past the diving Cudworth.
With 28 minutes gone it was three. Kai Edwards was left unmarked at the back post and fired in from just inside the six yard box to all but seal the points for Craig Harrison’s Saints.
Shortly after TNS scored again. Chris Seargeant’s cross was dropped by Cudworth on the line, leaving Wilde with a simple tap in from two yards out.
With TNS looking dangerous on every attack, Cieslewicz scuffed an effort just wide from inside the box as the Champions nearly made it five.
The Saints continued in the same manner in the second half and Wilde nearly added another goal. The powerful forward dispossessed Damian Allen but shot just wide from a tight angle.
However, TNS went down to ten men moments later after Wilde received a red card after a challenge on a Bangor defender.
The dismissal didn’t seem to affect The Saints who added a fifth goal soon after. Quigley’s shot was parried out by Cudworth, leaving Cieslewicz with an easy tap in from four yards out.
Both Connell Rawlinson and Iolo Hughes had shots that went just over as the game became very stretched.
Rawlinson then slipped on the ball and gave the home side an opportunity but some excellent defending from Simon Spender ensured that The Saints kept the ball out.
TNS controlled the final minutes of the match and extended their lead at the top of the table after a comprehensive five nil victory.
TNS: Paul Harrison, Simon Spender, Chris Marriott, Kai Edwards, Phil Baker, Connell Rawlinson, Adrian Cieslewicz, Scott Quigley (Jamie Mullan 64), Mike Wilde, Christian Seargeant (Greg Draper 64) and Aeron Edwards.
The unused substitutes were Ryan Kershaw, Chris Mullock, Alex Darlington, Scott Ruscoe and Ryan Pryce.
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