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03.04.2021 at 19:30 Treflan Attendance: 246
The New Saints
3 - 1
Cefn Druids
Referee: Andy Harms WELSH PREMIER

Oscar Gonzalez (7)
Duane Courtney (26)
Michael Wilde (90)
Mike Heverin (32)
Starting line-ups
Gerard Doherty
Duane Courtney
Chris King
Phil Baker
Greg Stones
Michael Jackson
Barry Hogan
Steven Beck
Oscar Gonzalez
John Toner
Carl Lamb
Carl Edwards
Waynne Phillips
Shaun Williams
James Taylor
Tim Edwards
Andrew Edgar
Osian Jones
Gerard Maloney
Steve Watkin
Mike Heverin
Alex Hughes
Rob Williams
Scott Ruscoe
Michael Wilde
Ricky Wright
Andrew Iniabere
Chris Mullock
Michael Wilde -> John Toner (80)
Scott Ruscoe -> Oscar Gonzalez (83)
Andrew Iniabere -> Alex Hughes (73)
Yellow cards
Phil Baker (79)
Duane Courtney (85)
Gerard Maloney (85)
Red cards
None None
Match report

Michael Wilde snaps up the easiest of chances for the third goal.
Pictures from the match
Sloppy Saints made to sweat

THE New Saints continued their relentless push towards a third consecutive title but they made heavy weather of beating NEWI Cefn Druids.
Almost total domination of the first-half resulted in only a 2-1 interval lead and they were made to work hard to contain the Ancients before Michael Wilde's injury-time third goal settled their nerves.
Facing a hectic schedule of eight games in 21 days, manager Ken McKenna rested several first-choice players and was also without the services of the injured Tommy Holmes.
But his strike pairing of Carl Lamb and Oscar Gonzalez gave Saints the perfect start. Lamb had the ball in the net on six minutes, only to be ruled offside, but there was no problem with the opener from Gonzalez moments later as the Spaniard crashed home a loose ball via the crossbar after the visitors failed to clear their lines from a corner.
Lamb twice went close to increasing the lead, before Druids' keeper Carl Edwards pulled off the first of several key saves, denying Greg Stones and then diving at full stretch to turn away from Gonzalez.
But a howler from Michael Jackson gave Druids a foothold they didn't deserve when he dallied on the ball before under-hitting a backpass to Gerard Doherty which was steered into an empty net by Mike Heverin.
Despite the setback, Saints should have re-established a comfort zone by the break, with Chris King, Lamb and Gonzalez all shooting wide and Edwards saving from King.
An early goal after the break would have settled the TNS nerves, but Druids defended resolutely to restrict the number of chances, without ever testing Doherty at the other end. Toner went close at the near post from Courtney's cross, Edwards saved superbly from Stones on two occasions and Gonzalez was just wide with another effort.
The points were always in the balance with some uncharacteristically sloppy defending from the Saints until Scott Ruscoe's shot in added time was parried by Edwards and fellow sub Michael Wilde made sure on the goal line.