Sunday, July 24, 2011
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Saints no match for classy Danish Wolves

THE New Saints crashed out of Europe after falling to a 5-2 defeat to FC Midtjylland in Hernings' MCH Arena.
But there was no disgrace in defeat to the slick and classy Danes, whose resources dwarf anything available in the Welsh Premier League.
The Saints could have no complaints about the defeat, but they were done no favours by Georgian referee Levan Kvaratskheli.
Richie Partridge was felled in the box by Christian Sivebaek after 12 minutes, but the official booked the Saints' player for simulation and later awarded a penalty to the hosts when Sylvester Igboun fell over keeper Paul Harrison, who had already claimed the ball.
The Black Wolves took the lead on 23 minutes when Mads Albaek hit the bar from a right-wing cross and Igboun netted the rebound. The second goal arrived within two minutes as the home side sliced through the TNS defence for Jason Borring to square to Jude Nworuh who fired into an unguarded net.
Danny Olsen converted the 32nd-minute penalty after Harrison was booked and Nworuh quickly made it 4-0 after the break after being set-up by sub Mads Hvilsom.
The Saints salvaged some pride when Alex Darlington's bullet header at the near post from a Chris Marriott corner beat keeper Kasper Jensen.
They defended stoutly with Phil Baker clearing a shot off the line, but Chris Sharp should have pulled another goal back when heading over from a Marcus Giglio cross before Darlington chipped another consolation goal from 25 yards.
But Midtjylland hit back immediately through Hvilsom to make the final score 5-2.
Photo: Alex Darlington appeals for a penalty after Christian Sivebaek had brought down Richie Partridge.

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