Sunday, August 15, 2010
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Saints too strong for the Glenmen

THE New Saints gained some ideal preparation for their Champions League tie with a 2-0 win at Glentoran, who are representing Northern Ireland in the Europa League.

Pat Fenlon, manager of the Saints' opponents Bohemians, looked on from the stands as goals in each half from Jamie Wood and John McKenna sealed the victory.
With plenty of pre-season already under their belts, the full-time Saints were just too strong for the pride of East Belfast, who have only been back at work for a week.
Chris Sharp had claims for a penalty after 25 minutes but, from the resulting Scott Ruscoe corner, the ball rebounded off Neal Gawley for Jamie Wood to force the ball home from six yards to give TNS the lead.
Within a minute, Phil Baker headed over from another Ruscoe flag kick while Glentoran's former Blackburn and Rochdale frontman Gary Hamilton saw his snap shot deflected for a corner.
Jimmy Callacher also fired wide just before half-time, but a raft of substitutions during the second half saw the visitors generally on top.
Alex Darlington was just beaten to a Danny Holmes cross while Ruscoe's good run into the box was foiled by the home defence.
Sharp headed over the bar from a left wing corner with Steve Evans just failing to get a header on target at the far post from Sharp's cross.
Glentoran almost snatched an equaliser when Andrew Waterworth's effort dipped just over the bar, but the Saints got their second soon afterwards when sub John McKenna sent a looping header over substitute keeper Lee Windrum after a good run and cross from Craig Jones.
Sharp brought a good punched save from Windrum as TNS finished with a flurry in good heart for another visit to Ulster in a week's time, when they face Linfield.
Manager Mike Davies was delighted with the outcome: “It was a very worthwhile workout and a very good performance,” he enthused.
Photo: Jamie Wood fires the Saints in front at Belfast's Oval.

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