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MORAN DISPENSES ROUGH JUSTICE TO SAINTS
Rhyl FC 1-0 Total Network Solutions
J T Hughes Mitsubishi Welsh Premier
Easter Sunday 11 April 2004: Away: Belle Vue

 
Andy Moran's late winner for Rhyl puts a serious dent in Saints' title hopes [Keith Williams/Sportpixs].
ANDY Moran grabbed a late winner for Rhyl to seriously dent Saints' title aspirations.
The Welsh Premier's leading hitman was on hand three minutes from time to seize on an error by keeper Richard Acton and sweep the ball into the net, sending most in a 2,741 league record crowd into raptures.
But it was rough justice on Saints and on-loan Acton, who moments earlier had produced a wonder save to deny Marc Limbert from a Gary Powell cross.
And it was less than TNS deserved in a game where they dominated the home side for long periods, but were unable to find the crucial breakthrough.
After Moran had headed against an upright early in the game, he was well policed by the Saints' back-line and TNS had chances to forge ahead.
Nicky Ward's stinging 20-yard shot from Martyn Naylor's quickly taken free kick was superbly saved by Paul Smith and Chris Taylor brought another fine save from the Rhyl keeper with a long range header from Naylor's corner.
Saints had Rhyl on the ropes for a long spell in the second half, Nicky Ward blazing over the bar and Jamie Brewerton clearing off the line from a Jamie Wood shot.
Wilde and Evans went close to converting a Scott Ruscoe cross at the far post, and Taylor again got on the end of a Naylor corner only to see his effort shave Smith's left hand post.
But just as Wednesday night's Premier Cup exertions seemed to be taking their toll, Rhyl found a second wind.
Marc Limbert's free kick on the right was headed on by former TNS man Timmy Edwards, Acton appeared to have the ball safely in his grasp, but it slipped loose to Moran's feet and the game was up for Saints.
11 April 2021
 
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