The New Saints line-up: Harrison, Spender, Roberts, Hudson, Rawlinson, Routledge, Edwards, Holland, Mullan, Fletcher, Parry.
Substitutions: Cieslewicz for Parry (62), Draper for Fletcher (78), Seargeant for Edwards (90).
Photograph credit: John Smith (Barry Town United)
On a pleasant Friday evening on the south Wales coast, The New Saints continued their return to winning ways as they beat newly-promoted Barry Town United at Jenner Park.
It was the home side though that created the early chances, in a lively start to the game from both teams. In an exchange between McLaggon and Nagi in the 3rd minute, TNS were fortunate to keep the score at 0-0. Again, two minutes later as another counter-attack saw the Dragons threaten the visitors’ goal.
With 18 minutes on the clock, first McLaggon’s shot was blocked by Rawlinson and then Nagi shot over.
Four minutes later it was TNS midfielder Edwards’ turn to put the ball over.
The deadlock was broken with 25 on the clock, as good work down the TNS right resulted in Mullan firing in with Fletcher getting the final touch and his third goal in two games.
A shot from the outside of his right boot saw Parry’s effort from the left go wide as the game passed the 1/3 stage.
The reigning JD Welsh Premier League champions began to dominate the second period as a number of chances were created, but not converted.
With 18 minutes to go, Fletcher turned in the box but his shot was blocked and went over for a corner.
With five minutes remaining, surging into the box down the left hand side, Roberts went down, only to be given a yellow for diving.
Two minutes later a good ball in from livewire Mullan saw Draper denied by good defending.
Although the second period belonged to TNS, the home side looked capable on the break but were unable to penetrate a resolute defence that kept a clean sheet for the second game on the bounce.
Yellow cards (TNS) – Routledge (42), Roberts (85)
|25th August 2017||7:45 pm||Welsh Premier League||2017 - 2018|
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