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Jul 10th 2007 at 19:00 Raydale Park Attendance
Gretna FC
2 - 0
The New Saints
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Ronnie Morgan's late effort is blocked by the Gretna defence.
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Plenty of plusses in Gretna defeat

MANAGER Ken McKenna reflected that a final game against easier opposition might have given The New Saints more momentum going into their Champions League tie.
But he was quick to stress to his players that they had performed more than creditably in defeat to Irish double winners Linfield and this latest reverse to Scottish Premier League newcomers Gretna at Raydale Park.
The Saints were far from disgraced against an impressive Black & Whites side, who gained a deserved victory with goals from former Shrewsbury Town frontman Colin McMenamin and Davie Graham.
But, if TNS had taken their chances in a bright opening period, they could have run their Scottish hosts much closer, despite losing Chris King to injury after only eight minutes.
Michael Wilde fired over from eight yards after chasing a long ball and Jamie Wood probably had more time than he realised when sending Martyn Naylor's pass over the top of the defence wide of former Wrexham keeper Michael Ingham's post in the 13th-minute.
Keeper Paul Harrison again impressed and has probably forced his way into the goalkeeping jersey, getting down well to save a free kick from Uruguayan Fabian Yantorno.
Steven Beck's 25-yarder was easily held by Ingham before Gretna took the lead. A flowing move down the right carved open the Saints' defence and ended with Yantorno slipping a pass through to McMenamin, who fired into the net from six-yards.
Harrison saved another Yantorno effort before the break, while another long range Beck effort failed to test Ingham.
A slip by John Toner led to the second goal on the hour mark. A poor pass landed Phil Baker in trouble and James Grady squared the ball to the on-rushing Graham who stroked home.
Baker retired with a cut head, expertly repaired by Gretna striker Kenny Deuchars, who is a qualified doctor, and a rash of substitutions in the 70th-minute saw TNS ask more questions of the Gretna defence. Ronnie Morgan's first touch would have brought a goal but for a last-ditch block, although it was the hosts who nearly had the last word when Yantorno fired across the face of goal and Graham fired straight at Harrison.
Referee: Eddie Smith

Goalscorers
Colin McMenamin (32)
Davie Graham (61)
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Starting line-ups
Michael Ingham
Craig Barr
Gavin Skelton
Mark Birch
Danny Grainger
Abdul Osman
Brendan McGill
Nicky Deverdics
Colin McMenamin
Fabian Yantorno
Davie Graham
Paul Harrison
Duane Courtney
Chris King
Phil Baker
Tommy Holmes
Scott Ruscoe
Steven Beck
Barry Hogan
Michael Wilde
John Toner
Jamie Wood
Substitutes
David Cowan
James Grady
Ryan Baldacchino
Fraser MacLaren
Paul Murray
Niall Henderson
Greg Fleming
Eric Paartahi
Martyn Naylor
Tom Brady
Mark Davies
Rob Williams
Ashley Hill
John Leah
Ronnie Morgan
Carl Lamb
Substitutions
David Cowan -> Craig Barr (46)
James Grady -> Colin McMenamin (46)
Ryan Baldacchino -> Brendan McGill (46)
Paul Murray -> Nicky Deverdics (46)
Eric Paartahi -> Abdul Osman (46)
Fraser MacLaren -> Fabian Yantorno (55)
Nial Henderson -> Davie Graham (86)
Martyn Naylor -> Chris King (8)
Mark Davies -> Duane Courtney (66)
Rob Williams -> Phil Baker (70)
Carl Lamb -> John Toner (71)
Ronnie Morgan -> Michael Wilde (71)
Ashley Hill -> Steven Beck (71)
John Leah -> Barry Hogan (83)
Yellows
None None
Reds
None None
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Substitute minutes of 99 indicate actual times not known.
The New Saints played as Total Network Solutions from 1997 to end of season 2005/6.
NEWI Cefn Druids played as Flexsys Cefn Druids prior to 2003/4.
Port Talbot Town played as Port Talbot Athletic prior to 2001/2.
Total Network Solutions played as Llansantffraid FC prior to 1997/8.
Match-by-match player stats for season 1993/4 are largely unavailable.