Friday, May 28, 2010
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Saints just champion after stylish Aber win

THE New Saints lifted their fifth Welsh Premier title in style by beating Aberystwyth Town 3-1 at Park Avenue.

As it turned out, a point would have been enough to pip Llanelli on goal difference, but Andy Cale's men ensured that no calculator was needed.
Chris Sharp was the Saints' hero with a brace, breaking the deadlock just before the hour mark with a looping header from a Craig Jones cross.
As news filtered through of the score from Prestatyn, the Saints endured a couple of hair-raising moments, first when sub Geraint Passmore found Steve Bowen unmarked at the far post, but the defender could only produce a weak shot into the arms of TNS keeper Paul Harrison.
And the Seasiders again came close to an equaliser, but Harrison made a diving save to his right to keep out Luke Bowen's effort.
It was fitting that it should be the Saints' skipper, Steve Evans, who then sparked wild scenes of celebration from the visiting support when he rose above Aber defender Aneurin Thomas to head past keeper Dave Roberts from a Scott Ruscoe corner.
And any hopes of a home comeback were snuffed out two minutes from the end of normal time when Sharp held off marker Sion James before planting the ball past Roberts.
Sharp should have claimed his hat-trick when one-on-one with Roberts, but took one touch too many and was denied by the former Liverpool youth keeper.
And the new champions blotted their copybook in stoppage time when Barry Hogan dwelt on the ball in the box and Luke Bowen seized the chance to snatch a consolation for the hosts.
But the Saints have still set a new defensive record in the Welsh Premier by conceding just 13 goals all season.
Photo: The newly-crowned champions celebrate at Park Avenue.

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