RHYL FIGHT BACK TO CLINCH SEMI SPOT
SAINTS suffered only their second domestic defeat of the season, again at the hands of Rhyl, who progress to the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup.
It was former Treflan duo, the Powell brothers, who inflicted most of the damage, with the aid of the lively Marc Limbert, who also once wore a Saints' shirt.
Holding a 1-0 advantage from the first leg, TNS cleared an Andy Moran shot off the line after six minutes.
Rhyl keeper Paul Smith then produced fine saves to deny Mike Wilde twice and Simon Davies.
But Saints doubled their aggregate lead with a vital away goal after 28 minutes.
Justin Perry's cross from the right wing was helped across goal by Jimmy Aggrey, for Nicky Ward to crash a shot past Rhyl keeper Smith from 15 yards.
The home side's response was immediate, as Limbert's cross was headed out to Gary Powell, who hit a low shot into the net past Ged Doherty.
Limbert again turned provider from a free kick on the left four minutes before the break and Mark Powell rose to place his header into the far corner.
Andy Moran missed a good chance early in the second period and a Stuart Graves pile-driver was tipped over the bar by Doherty's fingertips, before Rhyl scored the clincher with the best move of the night on the hour.
Chris Adamson's superb cross-field ball found Limbert in space on the right and his inch-perfect cross was swept into the net by Chris McGinn at the far post.
TNS stepped up the pressure but failed to produce any telling shots on target, with Steve Evans having his effort saved from a Brabin free kick and Aggrey unluckily hitting the crossbar.
Saints missed the influence of Naylor and King down the flanks, although Scott Ruscoe made a welcome return from injury as substitute.
But Rhyl more than deserved their place in the last four with a committed display in front of their biggest crowd of the season at Belle Vue.