Perfect Response After Bala Defeat – The New Saints FC 2-0 Falkirk FC


Match Report

Goals: Brobbel (42), Cieslewicz (61)

Substitutes: Cieslewicz for Mullan, Edwards for Holland, Byrne for Draper (46), Nembhard for Cabango (54), Lewis for Spender (60), Roberts for Harrison, Kauber for Brobbel, Clark for Routledge, Seargeant for Redmond, Hmami for Marriott (70)

Yellow Card: Hudson (88)

The New Saints of Oswestry Town bounced back well from last weekend’s defeat to Bala Town with a 2-0 win over Falkirk at Park Hall.

Scott Ruscoe’s side controlled the majority of the match, even as changes were made in the second-half.

The win was the ideal preparation for The Saints, as they prepare for their Champions League first qualifying round tie in less than two weeks.


On-loan Swansea City defender Ben Cabango set the tempo after just 10 minutes. He did well to out-muscle Falkirk striker Josh Davison, allowing him an easy header back to Paul Harrison.

Ryan Brobbel was the first to go close after 16 minutes. He struck a free-kick well that tested Leonardo Fasan in the visitor’s goal, but he did well to palm the ball around the post.

It was another midfielder that went closer soon after. A corner from the right fell to him on the edge of the box and Jon Routledge struck a shot sweetly, but it was just a few inches too far over the bar with 34 minutes on the clock.

The deadlock was eventually broken three minutes before half-time. A cross from the right-hand side evaded every player, home and away, in the box, before dropping at the feet of Brobbel at the back post.

The Northern Ireland U21 international was left with a cool finish to make it 1-0.


TNS started the second-half as they’d ended the first. Introduced at the interval, Aeron Edwards had an effort after 52 minutes, but it didn’t trouble the visiting goalkeeper.

It was another substitute that grabbed the second though. After a fantastic lofted pass from Jon Routledge gave Brobbel time in the box, he took an excellent first touch before playing in Adrian Cieslewicz. The Polish midfielder needed no second invitation to divert the ball into the open goal just a minute after the hour mark.

Cieslewicz went close again six minutes later. He picked up the ball around 25 yards out, before stinging the palms of Fasan, but unfortunately for him and Saints’ fans, it only resulted in a corner.

Despite making nine changes in the second-half, the team didn’t look disjointed at any point and gives Scott Ruscoe plenty to think about, heading into the match against KF Shkëndija in Macedonia on the 10th July.


Date Time League Season
29th June 2018 7:00 pm Friendly 2018 – 2019


Park Hall Stadium
The Venue, Burma Rd, Whittington, Oswestry SY11 4AS, UK


The New Saints FC2
Falkirk FC0