The 2018/2019 JD Welsh Premier League (JD WPL) season began for both sides back in August, with a Sunday afternoon encounter at Park Hall. With a quarter of an hour on the clock, Blaine Hudson opened the scoring for the home team with a header.
Gavin Chesterfield’s side drew level though in the 38th minute, as Curtis Watkins found the net after TNS squandered several chances to extend the lead.
Scott Ruscoe no doubt changed his half-time team talk though, when a late Chris Seargeant brace in the space of as many minutes saw the reigning JD WPL champions go into the break 3-1 up.
Down but not out, the visitors nearly pulled one back in the 51st minute when a stray back pass almost gifted them a goal.
On as a substitute for Kurtis Byrne, who was making his league debut for The New Saints, the experienced Greg Draper then put the game beyond Barry’s reach with a brace of his own.
Goals in the 73rd and 77th minute not only registered a comfortable 5-1 victory but also set the side up for the return leg in the Europa League, as Denmark was the midweek destination.
Unfortunately though, TNS were unable to overturn a 2-0 deficit from the home game in Cardiff against Midtjylland, as the European adventures came to an end for another season.
Lead image from the game at Park Hall. Credit: Brian Jones.