A Great Start For The Champions
With less than one minute on the clock, it was the perfect start to the game for the current JD Welsh Premier League champions. Just inside the penalty area, Kurtis Byrne chipped the keeper, the ball bounced over the line and into the back of the net. The current first choice striker is demonstrating the versatility to his game as his goals continue to show variety.
Jamie Mullan Makes It Two
Before we hit the halfway stage in the first-half, the lead was doubled, as a great ball in from Danny Redmond on the left was converted by the current JD Welsh Premier League player of the season. It was looking good at that stage, as a win would have taken The New Saints to the top of the table.
Man Of The Match Performance For Danny Redmond
The MOTM this week was chosen by TNS’ super fan, Graham Vince, who travels to games using public transport all the way from Huddersfield. Although a decision such as the best player on the pitch will always be subjective, nevertheless there can’t be many who would disagree with Graham’s choice.
Finishing The Game With Ten Men
As a result of two yellow cards for Tom Holland, The New Saints were reduced to ten men for the final minutes of the game. Again, as per the MOTM award, incidents such as cards – whether yellow or red – are often talking points among fans and that will be the case with TNS supporters following the game over the weekend.
The Unbeaten Run Continues
Although the final score was 2-2 – with Barry equalising deep into added time – nevertheless the positive is that the current run of form continues. The last time that The New Saints tasted defeat was on November 23 last year with the Nathaniel MG Cup exit at Cambrian and Clydach.
That means the unbeaten run is eleven games in all competitions, with eight wins and three draws in the process. In addition, the 40 goals scored with just 6 conceded is a big positive as we head into the final games of the season. It’s looking good!
Some statistics to brighten your Monday morning:
8️⃣7️⃣ days since we last tasted defeat
1️⃣1️⃣ games unbeaten
4️⃣0️⃣ goals scored
6️⃣ goals conceded
— The New Saints FC (@tnsfc) February 18, 2019
Lead image: Kurtis Byrne, courtesy of Brian Jones.