Friday, April 27, 2012

Scintillating Saints are just champion!

THE New Saints sparkled in the title showdown at Park Hall, beating previous champions Bangor City 5-0 to reclaim the Welsh Premier crown.

Twelve months on from final day disappointment and defeat at Bangor, Craig Harrison's men ensured there would be no repeat with a five-star display in a one-sided game.
The previous champions were outplayed from start to finish and the game was virtually over as a contest after seven minutes thanks to goals from Greg Draper and Chris Seargeant.
After Ryan Fraughan had been denied a penalty in the opening moments, Aeron Edwards found Draper who coolly steered his shot past keeper Lee Idzi and into the far corner.
Three minutes later, the vocal contingent of visiting supporters was stunned into silence when former Citizen Seargeant despatched a free kick beyond Idzi's grasp after Peter Hoy had fouled Fraughan.
More chances went begging with Idzi saving from Craig Jones and Aeron Edwards dragging a shot wide of the target.
But the Saints extended their lead midway through the first half, Jones heading a ball over the top for Draper to kick over Idzi before heading into the empty net.
Simon Spender went close with an effort across the face of goal and Idzi scrambled away another Seargeant set-piece.
City's only real chance before the break came when a Mark Smyth corner was headed back across goal by Hoy, but Kyle Wilson volleyed over the bar.
Jamie Brewerton headed over from a Sion Edwards delivery early in the second half but it was mostly TNS on the attack, with Idzi making a diving save after Phil Baker had found Jones with a trademark long ball.
A superb individual effort from Fraughan added to City's woes just past the hour before Alex Darlington hammered a penalty against the crossbar when Brewerton had brought him down in the box.
But the City skipper conceded another spot kick minutes later, this time for a foul on the mesmerising Fraughan, and Draper made no mistake to claim a hat-trick of goals.
Photo: Skipper Paul Harrison gets his hands on the new Welsh Premier trophy.

The first game at Park Hall

Stadium details

Burma Road
Oswestry SY11 4AS
Tel: 01691 684840
By road
Leave the A5 at the junction with the A495 Whittington Road. Burma Road is the first major turning on the left and is signposted Park Hall. The ground is another 400 yards on your right.
Enter postcode SY11 4AS
By rail
Nearest station is Gobowen (2 miles).
By bus
Service from Oswestry.

Bygone days

Park Hall as it was when Oswestry Town played there.

Highest attendances

The record Welsh Premier attendance at a TNS game was 1,468 for the title decider against Bangor City on 21 April 2012.
The biggest crowd at Treflan, Llansantffraid was 1,042 v Rhyl on 23 January 2005.