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CEN WALES SEN CUP
EUROPEAN CUP WINNERS CUP
FAW PREMIER CUP
UEFA CHAMPIONS LGE
On this day
Oct 25th 2008 at 17:30 Park Avenue
2 - 2
The New Saints
Luke Sherbon, pen (30)
Phil Baker, og (88)
Sion James (78)
Baker's own goal costs two points
A LATE own goal from Phil Baker earned Aberystwyth a share of the spoils in a cracking encounter between two of the league’s unbeaten sides at rainswept Park Avenue.
The Seasiders had pressed for most of the second half in awful conditions and finally earned parity two minutes from time when Geoff Kellaway’s cross from the right was headed into his own net by the substitute defender.
Few would argue that the hosts did not earn some reward for their efforts as they twice fought their way back against the Saints in the tricky conditions.
TNS, who would have gone second had they won, struck first blood when a poor clearance outside his box from home keeper Dave Roberts fell for Craig Williams, who planted his first-time effort into the net from 22 yards.
Former Manchester United starlet Sean Evans proved a real threat on the left in the first half and whipped in several menacing crosses across goal only to lack the final touch.
But he earned the penalty, converted by Luke Sherbon, that put the hosts back on terms on the half hour when he was tripped by the outstretched leg of John Leah.
The Saints shoudl have restored their advantage when John Toner steered his effort wide of the far post, but was not to be denied his 100th Welsh Premier goal for the club when collecting a left wing cross from Scott Ruscoe, taking a couple of touches and poking the ball home from 12 yards.
Michael Wilde went close to adding a third when failing to make telling contact with a Williams corner, while the striker also had a second-half effort ruled out for offside.
But Aber had the better chances in the second period, with Graham Evans having a couple of efforts saved by keeper Paul Harrison.
After the former TNS striker had been released by an incisive pass from Chris Venables, Harrison made a telling block, but the keeper pulled off an even better save moments later when clawing away a goalbound effort from close range with Evans already celebrating a goal that wasn't.
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