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Sat 29 Jan 2005: Away - Recreation Ground

Steve Evans heads Saints' late 'winner' but Jimmy Aggrey (6) was ruled offside

REFEREE Paul Thomas took centre stage as he controversially denied TNS the points by ruling out a last-minute 'goal'.
Scott Ruscoe's free kick from the edge of the box was headed past Andy Mulliner by Steve Evans, but Thomas ruled that Jimmy Aggrey was offside as he followed the ball into the net, although he never made contact.
After the game, Thomas told S4C Television that Aggrey had "momentum" towards the ball, but as he came from the other side of the box, it was difficult to see how he could have been interfering with play.
Thomas also waved away first-half penalty claims, after Colin Reynolds took Marc Lloyd-Williams' feet in the box.
Three points would have been no more than the Saints deserved after dominating the contest against a less than ambitious Caersws outfit whose spoiling tactics signalled their intentions to settle for a point.
Only one ball seemed to be available for the players and TNS boss Ken McKenna fell foul of referee Thomas in the second-half when he showed his disgust by throwing the ball back into play.
The Bluebirds' only real threat came from a 60th minute free kick which TNS keeper Gerard Doherty did well to turn away.
McKenna said: "We've been the side that's come here to win it - they're supposed to be going for the title, but they were more than happy to settle for a draw."
In the end, TNS paid for first-half profligacy, with headers from Mike Wilde and Aggrey both missing the target, and Barry Hogan and Marc Lloyd-Williams spurning chances. Mulliner also made a smart save to deny Wilde.
And McKenna also admitted that the quality of delivery to his frontmen was poor: "I thought we were the better side, we played some good football and just needed a better final ball," he added.
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