Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Great Scott fires Saints to Neath victory

SCOTT Ruscoe's late goal fired The New Saints back to the top of the Welsh Premier table to virtually end Neath's own title aspirations.

In a tense affair at The Gnoll, Steve Evans was forced to clear an early effort from Luke Bowen which had beaten keeper Paul Harrison, but the Saints responded with a Ryan Fraughan stinger which fizzed across the face of goal.
Simon Spender blazed over the bar on the half-hour and, just before the break, Alex Darlington beat the offside trap only for keeper Lee Kendall to save low down.
The Eagles suffered a blow nine minutes after half-time when wingman Chris Jones was dismissed after picking-up a second caution for dissent.
Chris Seargeant's shot inside a crowded Neath box ricocheted to safety and TNS enjoyed an extended spell of possession after the dismissal.
Lee Trundle played in Kerry Morgan who picked out Bowen but, through on goal, the hosts' leading scorer opted for a chip which was comfortably saved by Harrison.
But Ruscoe, who had come off the bench in the 70th-minute, grabbed the vital goal, drilling a 10-yarder past Kendall from Darlington’s deflected shot.
Darlington almost added another from a corner, but Kendall pushed his effort away in the dying moments, as TNS went two points clear of Bangor and six ahead of today's opponents in the race for the title.
Photo: Team-mates celebrate with Scott Ruscoe.

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