TNS 3-1 Aberystwyth Town
Aber keeper Lewis Solly looks on as Mike Wilde celebrates his 17th league
goal of the season
Welsh Premier League
Tue 22 Feb 2005: Home - Treflan
SAINTS deservedly pocketed three points against Aberystwyth in a game they
often dominated but were never able to put to bed until the last kick of the
Barry Hogan's 90th minute strike from a Michael Wilde pass made the scoreline
about right, but TNS should have had more to show for their first half efforts
than Wilde's 11th minute goal.
After visiting keeper Lewis Solly had saved a Scott Ruscoe free-kick, Wilde
side-footed into the net from Ruscoe's left-wing cross.
Apart from an early strike by Paul Moore which went wide, the Seasiders offered
little threat and John Toner was unlucky not to convert a John Lawless pass,
while the winger himself hit the post from a narrow angle after being put in
An individual effort from the excellent Jonathan Coates put Aber level 10 minutes
after the break, with TNS quickly upping the tempo in response.
Steve Evans headed narrowly wide from another Ruscoe free-kick but Saints were
ahead again after 66 minutes when Lawless found acres of space on the left and
beat Nick Evans before firing into the net from 18 yards via the far post.
Aber striker Moore was one-on-one with Gerard Doherty but adjudged offside in
the visitors' only real threat, and Hogan sealed the win as they pushed
forward in search of an equaliser.