KF Feronikeli 0 The New Saints FC 1 – Five Talking Points

Tim Johnson

It was good to have Tim with us at the match in Pristina. A dedicated follower of Barry Town United, he is also a passionate supporter of the beautiful game itself.

The match in Kosovo saw Tim tick off his 55th UEFA nation, having now watched a game in each of the national associations. That is an incredible statistic and we’re glad that he was able to complete the list with us. Well done, Tim.

 

Dean Ebbe 

This time last year it was Ebbe’s goal on the road in Gibraltar that ensured TNS FC’s progression in Europe. Fast-forward to the present and his headed goal means that we continue the UEFA Champions League adventures into the second qualifying round.

An inspired substitution from Scott Ruscoe, his goal secured a vital victory for The New Saints. Although not been on the pitch as much as he would have liked during last season, nevertheless Dean is a model professional and his attitude has always been positive.

 

Birthday Boy Gives The Gifts 

It was also Dean’s birthday as well, and although it’s customary to receive presents, on this occasion he handed out a hat-trick of gifts.

It was a present not only to himself and the club but also to Welsh football in general. With two teams out of Europe already, it’s important that we have teams winning, so that we can maintain our four club representations in UEFA competitions.

 

Ryan Harrington

With Chris Marriott unavailable, it was just the one change for Scott Ruscoe, as the latest signing stepped up to make his full competitive debut for The New Saints.

A solid partnership at the heart of the defence alongside Keston Davies, he was one of many extremely encouraging individual performances from the evening.

The ex-Aberdeen defender has certainly impressed since putting pen to paper at Park Hall and has slotted in very well indeed.

 

Another Clean Sheet 

Although we went into the game needing to score, how many depended on what KF Feronikeli did. Another superb defensive performance meant that one goal was enough.

Take a bow Paul Harrison, Simon Spender, Keston Davies, Ryan Harrington and Danny Redmond.

 

 

Lead image, courtesy of Brian Jones. Ebbe turns and celebrates as the deadlock is broken in Pristina.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Stewart Bloor

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