Roosters can crow despite defeat
LLANRWST were far from overawed on their visit to Treflan although they were somewhat fortunate to escape with only a 3-1 defeat.
But the Welsh Alliance outfit battled hard, were well-organised at the back and scored the best goal of the afternoon.
TNS had taken a 19th minute lead when United keeper Paul Roberts misjudged the flight of a John Toner right-wing cross and Michael Wilde was on hand to tap in from close range.
But the visitors hit back when a superb cross-field ball found Adam Hyde who took advantage of a slip by Greg Stones to fire a 20-yarder into the top corner, well beyond the reach of keeper Gerard Doherty.
The Saints were guilty of poor delivery into the box and of spurning numerous chances to put the game away with Toner, Wilde and Nicky Ward all guilty of wastefulness.
Meanwhile, keeper Roberts atoned for his earlier mistake with some fine stops and saves.
Toner and Stones both went close in the early exchanges, Roberts did well to stop Wilde at close range and Michael Jackson saw his header cleared off the line. Tommy Holmes fired just over after a good run and Toner shot across the face of the goal on the stroke of half-time.
The Roosters had a couple of free-kicks in good positions which were comfortable held by Doherty, while Scott Ruscoe was just wide with a 20-yarder. TNS finally got their noses in front after 57 minutes when a superb long ball out of defence found Toner in space on the right and his inch-perfect cross was headed past Roberts by Ward.
Only a great diving save by Doherty from Jamie Turner prevented Llanrwst from levelling almost immediately before sub Alfie Carter headed narrowly over.
Wilde and Carter combined to put in Stones for the third and TNS missed a host of chances to add to their advantage in the closing minutes as United's defence held out.