Thursday, November 26, 2009
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Hogan's heroes book league cup final spot

BARRY Hogan was the unlikely hero as The New Saints comfortably booked their place in the League Cup final for a second successive season.

Steve Abbott's ball over the top in the 22nd-minute enabled Hogan to beat the offside trap and send a cool chip over keeper Lee Kendall from the edge of the box to nestle in the far corner of the net.
And a final meeting with Rhyl was virtually secured eight minutes later when Kendall brought down Scott Ruscoe as he homed in on goal, and the midfielder dusted himself down to slot home the resulting penalty.
The Steelmen almost grabbed a crucial away goal a minute later when a free-kick on the right eluded everybody in the box and whistled inches wide of the far post.
But home keeper Paul Harrison was never troubled, with Martin Rose spurning a couple of opportunities and Drew Fahiya heading wide at the back stick.
TNS were largely happy to sit on their advantage in an eminently forgettable second-half and, when Craig Williams did get the ball in the net for a third time in the final minute, he was adjudged to be offside.
Alex Darlington made a welcome return from long-term injury as a late substitute and showed he has not lost any of his competitive edge by picking-up the Saints only booking of the night!
Photo: Barry Hogan celebrates with provider Steve Abbott.

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