Saturday, September 26, 2009
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Ryan's cameo show sparks Saints' win

A CAMEO performance by young sub Ryan Marriott helped lift the Saints to their 1-0 victory at Bangor City's Farrar Road on Saturday.

Introduced from the bench in the 72nd-minute, the 20-year-old caused plenty of problems for Citizens' full-back Chris Roberts, soon linking-up with Danny Holmes before forcing defender Michael Johnston to block his run.
He then unleashed a shot from a narrow angle that bobbled narrowly wide of the far post with Paul Smith beaten before sending another shot inches wide of the target.
And, almost inevitably, the Essex-born wideman was involved in the goal, hooking over a defender for Conall Murtagh to crash home the winner.
City boss Nev Powell felt that tiredness was a major factor in his side's defeat.
"For the first 75 minutes there was nothing between the teams, but then in the last 15 minutes or so we tired a bit," he said.
"We’d played a League Cup tie on Tuesday in which we had to play for over an hour with 10 men whereas TNS have had a week off, but I still felt we deserved something from the game."
But, while opposite number Andy Cale admitted City had shaded the first-half, he felt the Saints were good value for their success.
"Bangor set out their stall and played fantastically well, but in the second half we took the game to them and I felt we thoroughly deserved the win," he said.
Battle is resumed between the sides on Tuesday night, when the Blues visit Park Hall for a Loosemores League Cup group stage game (7.45pm).
Photo: Barry Hogan claims a handball as Bangor's Mark Smyth tries to control the ball [Colin Paxton].