Saints In Seventh Heaven As They Move Four Points Clear – Bala Town 0-7 The New Saints FC

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Match Report

Match report by Sam Wood

Goals: Brobbel (9), Redmond (42), Draper (47), Cieslewicz (67), Ebbe (74), Draper (86), Cieslewicz (90)
Yellow cards: Holland (22)
Substitutions: Cieslewicz for Redmond (66), Ebbe for Brobbel (70), Byrne for Mullan (76)

The New Saints moved four points clear in their bid for an eight consecutive JD Welsh Premier League with an emphatic 7-0 victory against Bala Town at Maes Tegid.

Goals from Ryan Brobbel and Danny Redmond in the opening 45 minutes, alongside second-half braces by both Greg Draper and Adrian Cieslewicz, plus a Dean Ebbe header made it a night to remember for TNS fans.

The win puts Scott Ruscoe’s side in the driving seat with just four league matches to go, starting with a trip to Newtown on Saturday.

First-half

With eight minutes on the clock, Greg Draper had a great chance to open the scoring for The Saints. After being picked out well by Chris Marriott’s cross from the left, the JD Welsh Premier League’s leading goal scorer got a toe to the ball and forced a good save from Ashley Morris. The Bala goalkeeper could only parry the ball back into the danger area however, but the Lakesiders were able to scramble it clear.

Just a minute later though, the deadlock was deadlock. It was good play down the right by TNS, before the ball dropped to Ryan Brobbel on the edge of the 18-yard-box. The midfielder sent a great finish past Morris to give Scott Ruscoe’s side the lead.

It was The Saints who continued to see all the ball and numerous chances fell their way to double the advantage. Jamie Mullan came close to picking out Redmond at the back post but good covering from the Bala defence brought the move to an end and both Brobbel and Draper saw efforts go off target.

The second goal eventually did come just three minutes before half-time. Greg Draper did brilliantly to rescue a ball on the edge of the penalty area, before cutting back and spotting Redmond in space. He managed to squeeze it through to the former Hamilton man, who made no mistake firing past Morris.

Second-half

From a TNS point of view, the second period couldn’t have started better, as only two minutes had been played before the ball was in the back of the net one again. Jamie Mullan set up Greg Draper with a good ball inside the penalty area and the New Zealand international did eventually get his goal, firing in from close range.

Looking to keep the side fresh, Scott Ruscoe introduced Adrian Cieslewicz into the action with 66 minutes gone. He replaced Danny Redmond and it took just a matter of seconds for the Polish midfielder to make an impact. Good work from Mullan down the right created space for a cross and it was Cieslewicz who rised highest to meet the ball on the edge of the six-yard-box to add a fourth for his side.

And it was another substitute who made it five soon after. After a good spot by Kane Lewis, the right-back picked out Dean Ebbe in the penalty area, and like Cieslewicz moments before, sent Morris the wrong way with a header.

Things quickly got worse for Colin Caton’s team, and two further goals followed in the final four minutes. With 86 minutes gone, Greg Draper extended his tally even further as he did well to get the ball under control while under pressure from the home defence. He finished expertly into the roof of the net to give The Saints a sixth of the night.

Cieslewicz rounded things off in the final minute with a fantastic first-time strike from the edge of the penalty area, which went sailing into the back of the net, leaving Morris with no chance.

Details

Date Time League Season
3rd April 2019 7:45 pm JD Cymru Premier 2018 – 2019

Ground

Maes Tegid
1 Maes Tegid, Bala LL23 7BF, UK

Results

ClubGoals
Bala Town0
The New Saints FC7

The New Saints FC

1Paul Harrison Goalkeeper
3Chris Marriott Defender
6Jon Routledge Midfielder
8Ryan Brobbel 17 Midfielder
9Greg Draper Forward
10Danny Redmond 11 Midfielder
12Blaine Hudson Defender
14Jamie Mullan 21 Forward
22Kane Lewis Defender
11Adrian Cieslewicz 10 Forward
21Kurtis Byrne 14 Forward
17Dean Ebbe 8 Forward