Saints Return To JD Welsh Premier League Summit – Caernarfon Town 0-3 The New Saints FC

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Match Report

Goals: Byrne (4), Routledge (38), Draper (81)
Substitutions: Draper for Byrne (71), Whitehouse for Cieslewicz (79), Ebbe for Brobbel (82)

The New Saints returned to the top of the JD Welsh Premier League after a convincing 3-0 victory over Caernarfon Town at The Oval.

Kurtis Byrne, Jon Routledge and Greg Draper all got on the scoresheet, as The Saints moved one point clear of Connah’s Quay Nomads and back to the summit for the first time since October.

First-half

It was the perfect start for The Saints after just four minutes, as great vision from Jamie Mullan gave him the chance to slip Kurtis Byrne in behind the defence. With the Caernarfon goalkeeper, Nick Bould, rushing out to challenge him, the Irish striker showed great technique to chip the ball over him, with his effort deflecting off the post and into the net. 1-0.

Buoyed by the opening goal, Scott Ruscoe’s side continued to press. With 15 minutes on the clock, Danny Redmond showed great vision to set Adrian Cieslewicz away in space down the left. The number 11 carried the ball forward, before cutting back to shoot. The effort was a tame one though and the keeper claimed comfortably.

The Saints’ pressure did eventually tell in the 38th minute. A well-placed cutback from Adrian Cieslewicz picked out Jon Routledge on the edge of the box and the number six set himself for a shot. His powerful effort took a big deflection off the home defender, wrongfooting the goalkeeper, and finding its was into the bottom right corner of the net. 2-0.

And it could’ve been 3-0 just minutes later. Goal scorer Routledge chipped an effort into the penalty area, picking out Ryan Brobbel. The number eight met the ball with his head, but he couldn’t get enough power on the ball and it drifted harmlessly out for a goal kick, meaning Scott Ruscoe’s side had to settle for a two-goal advantage at the break.

Second-half

As is often the case, The Saints began the second period in very much the same way they ended the first. With 52 minutes on the clock, the ball dropped at the feet of Jack Bodenham following a TNS corner and the on-loan Cardiff City defender saw an effort blocked on the line.

Seven minutes later The Saints had another corner. Once again, the ball dropped at the edge of the penalty area, this time to Chris Marriott. The left-back brought the ball down well, before firing a volleyed effort towards goal. The shot was blocked in a crowded penalty area though and Caernarfon scrambled the ball clear.

Having largely remained a spectator for most of the match, Paul Harrison was called into action for the first-time just after the hour mark. The goalkeeper had to be alert to deny not one, but two Cofi efforts inside a minute with a pair of fantastic saves.

The Saints did eventually find a third goal nine minutes from time and it was two substitutes that linked up to bring it about. Great footwork from Billy Whitehouse on the left of the penalty area worked the number 32 space for a cross and he sent in a good delivery to pick out Greg Draper. The striker needed only the slightest of touches to turn the ball home, scoring his 18th goal in the process and sending him back into top spot in the race for the Golden Boot.

Details

Date Time League Season
25th February 2019 7:45 pm Welsh Premier League 2018 – 2019

Ground

The Oval
Caernarfon LL55, UK

Results

ClubGoals
Caernarfon Town0
The New Saints FC3

The New Saints FC

1Paul Harrison Goalkeeper
2Simon Spender Defender
3Chris Marriott Defender
5Jack Bodenham Defender
6Jon Routledge Midfielder
8Ryan Brobbel 17 Midfielder
9Greg Draper 21 Forward
10Danny Redmond Midfielder
11Adrian Cieslewicz 32 Forward
12Blaine Hudson Defender
14Jamie Mullan Forward
17Dean Ebbe 8 Forward
21Kurtis Byrne 9 Forward
32Billy Whitehouse 11 Midfielder