Ruthless Saints put Reds in their place
AS Ken McKenna knows only too well, professional status is no automatic passport to success in the Welsh Premier.
His TNS players exposed just how far new full-timers Llanelli have yet to travel with a ruthlessly efficient performance that simply overpowered the Reds.
The game was virtually over as a contest after a double strike within three minutes that left the home side reeling.
Nicky Ward led the charge, heading in at the far post past keeper Duncan Roberts from Steven Beck's right wing cross after just 15 minutes.
Two minutes later, the effective Ward turned provider, heading across goal a Martyn Naylor cross for Beck to convert.
Both sides had chances to take the lead in a lively opening period. Beck fired wide from a Marc Lloyd Williams lay-off with the goal at his mercy, before Kris Thomas's deflected volley brought a superb stop from Gerard Doherty.
It was just about Llanelli's last chance of the game as the Saints put up the shutters and the home side were restricted to long range efforts.
It wasn't pretty, particularly in a scrappy second half that was marred by two dismissals.
Jacob Mingorance got his marching orders in the 48th minute for a second yellow after a late challenge on Naylor, while John Leah was astonished to be red-carded by referee Kerry Morgan after being the victim of a bad tackle.
The official claimed Leah had stamped on his opponent, but S4C's video evidence suggested the official had made a blunder.
Llanelli coach Peter Nicholas was fulsome in his praise. "I expect TNS to win the league comfortably, they are as dominant at the moment as Barry Town once were," he said.