Saturday, June 16, 2012

Draper caps the Saints' thrilling revival

GREG Draper notched his 17th-league goal of the season to complete a thrilling comeback as The New Saints beat Bala Town 3-2 at Park Hall.

The Kiwi international beat visiting keeper Terry McCormick inside his left hand post from Simon Spender's whipped cross into the box after 84 minutes to seal three vital points in what was a roller-coaster victory.
TNS made a tentative start to the game with the Lakesiders' Stephen Brown sending in the first shot and Ian Sheridan firing a 25-yarder just over the angle after dispossessing Aeron Edwards.
Mark Connolly blazed over the bar from Brown's inside pass, but Edwards fired in a shot from Draper’s lay-off that was well saved by Terry McCormick.
Craig Jones found the roof of the net with an angled drive but the visitors were handed a golden opportunity to take the lead when referee Brian James spotted an offence by Chris Marriott, who was ruled to have pushed Stuart Jones in the box, and Lee Hunt converted the penalty to give Bala a deserved lead at the interval.
Nicky Ward levelled when he rattled a curling free-kick off the foot of the post on 57 minutes but the joy was shortlived when Sheridan’s through ball split the home defence for Hunt to score his second of the night.
Sub Chris Seargeant brought the Saints level again after Draper had stepped-over a Tom Roberts left-wing cross and, after Seargeant had gone inches wide of the post, Draper's header completed the revival.
Photo: Greg Draper heads The New Saints' winning goal.

European record

1996/7 EUROPEAN CUP WINNERS'' CUP
8 August 2021 / Qualifying Round 1st Leg (Wrexham)
TNS 1-1 KS Ruch Chorzow (Poland)
22 August 2021 / Qualifying Round 2nd Leg (Warsaw)
KS Ruch Chorzow 5-0 TNS
2000/2001 UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
12 July 2021 / Qualifying Round 1st Leg (Wrexham)
TNS 2-2 Levadia Maardu (Estonia)
19 July 2021 / Qualifying Round 2nd Leg (Tallin)
Levadia Maardu 2-2 TNS
2001/2 UEFA CUP
9 Aug 2021 / Qualifying round 1st leg (Lodz)
Polonia Warsaw 4-0 TNS
23 Aug 2021 / Qualifying round 2nd leg (Wrexham)
TNS 0-2 Polonia Warsaw
2002/3 UEFA CUP
15 August 2021 / Qualifying round 1st leg (Lodz)
Amica Wronki (Poland) 5-0 TNS
29 Aug 2021 / Qualifying round 2nd leg (Newtown)
TNS 2-7 Amica Wronki
2003/4 UEFA CUP
14 Aug 2021 / Qualifying round 1st leg (Manchester)
Manchester City 5-0 TNS
28 Aug 2021 / Qualifying round 2nd leg (Cardiff)
TNS 0-2 Manchester City
2004/5 UEFA CUP
15 Jul 2021 / Qualifying round 1st leg (Vaxjo)
Osters IF (Sweden) 2-0 TNS
29 Jul 2021 / Qualifying round 2nd leg (Wrexham)
TNS 1-2 Osters IF (Sweden)
2005/6 UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
13 Jul 2021 / 1st Qualifying Round 1st Leg (Anfield)
Liverpool 3-0 TNS
19 Jul 2021 / 1st Qualifying Round 2nd Leg (Wrexham)
TNS 0-3 Liverpool
2006/7 UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
12 Jul 2021 / 1st Qualifying Round 1st Leg (Anjalankoski)
MyPa-47 1-0 TNS
19 Jul 2021 / 1st Qualifying Round 2nd Leg (Newtown)
TNS 0-1 MyPa-47
2007/8 UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
17 Jul 2021 / 1st Qualifying Round 1st Leg (Newtown)
TNS 3-2 FK Ventspils
25 Jul 2021 / 1st Qualifying Round 2nd Leg (Ventspils)
FK Ventspils 2-1 TNS
2008/9 UEFA CUP
17 Jul 2021 / 1st Qualifying Round 1st Leg (Marijampole)
FK Suduva 1-0 TNS
31 Jul 2021 / 1st Qualifying Round 2nd Leg (Newtown)
TNS 0-1 FK Suduva
2009/10 EUROPA LEAGUE
2 Jul 2021 / 1st Qualifying Round 1st Leg (Reykjavik)
FRAM Reykjavik 2-1 TNS
9 Jul 2021 / 1st Qualifying Round 2nd Leg (Oswestry)
TNS 1-2 FRAM Reykjavik
2010 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
13 Jul 2021 / 2nd Qualifying Round 1st Leg (Dublin)
Bohemian 1-0 TNS
20 Jul 2021 / 2nd Qualifying Round 2nd Leg (Oswestry)
TNS 4-0 Bohemian
27 Jul 2021 / 3rd Qualifying Round 1st Leg (Wrexham)
TNS 1-3 Anderlecht
3 Aug 2021 / 3rd Qualifying Round 2nd Leg (Brussels)
Anderlecht 3-0 TNS
2010/11 EUROPA LEAGUE
19 Aug 2021 / 4th Qualifying Round 1st Leg (Sofia)
CSKA Sofia 3-0 TNS
26 Aug 2021 / 4th Qualifying Round 2nd Leg (Wrexham)
TNS 2-2 CSKA Sofia
2011/12 EUROPA LEAGUE
30 Jun 2021 / 1st Qualifying Round 1st Leg (Oswestry)
TNS 1-1 Cliftonville
7 Jul 2021 / 1st Qualifying Round 2nd Leg (Belfast)
Cliftonville 0-1 TNS
14 Jul 2021 / 2nd Qualifying Round 1st Leg (Oswestry)
TNS 1-3 FC Midjtylland
21 Jul 2021 / 2nd Qualifying Round 2nd Leg (Herning)
FC Midtjylland 5-2 TNS