Sunday, April 17, 2011
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Saints fall at Welsh Cup's penultimate fence

THE New Saints fell at the penultimate fence on Grand National day as a goal from Chris Venables fired Llanelli into the Welsh Cup final.
Only a substantial winning bet on Ballabriggs eased the pain of a long journey home from the Ceridigion coast after the Saints were left to rue several missed chances on a day of few opportunities for either side.
Veteran Reds' player-manager Andy Legg had been the busiest man on the pitch with a succession of long throws down the line and into the box.
TNS had dealt admirably with the threat until they cleared the 44-year-olds' 84th-minute effort only as far as Venables, who shimmied past two defenders on the edge of the box before shooting into the corner past Paul Harrison.
After an unmemorable first half, Craig Jones had lobbed wide of the target from a long Harrison clearance and was inches wide of a post from a Chris Seargeant corner.
But the best chance came shortly before Llanelli's goal, when a Scott Ruscoe cross eluded the Reds' defence only for Jones to sky his six-yard effort over the goal with only keeper Ashley Morris to beat.
Saints must now pick themselves up for the title run-in and then another clash with Llanelli in the League Cup final at the same venue, when they will hope to give a better account of themselves than they did today.
Photo: Matty Williams is unable to capitalise after Reds' keeper Ashley Morris loses the ball outside the box.

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