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The New Saints FC

CPD Porthmadog v
The New Saints FC

Kick off:14:30 Saturday, 21st Oct 2006
Fixture Type: Welsh Premier League
Attendance: 307

Referee: Andrew Richards

Saints' Toner's late effort sneaks Points aginst Port

<1>After last week's 3-0 drubbing at the hands of NEWI Cefn Druids, the more pessimistic Porthmadog supporter might have feared the worst from this clash against the league champions. However, from the outset Port showed that this wasn't going to be a walkover for the full time professionals. The opening few minutes saw good pressure from the home side and only 5 minutes had elapsed when Carl Owen could have put them in front, but Les Davies's driven cross from the left was just beyond his reach.

Porthmadog pressure continued and after 9 minutes a good through ball freed Les Davies (left) who cut through the TNS defence and chipped keeper Gerard Doherty. Unluckily for Davies, his shot crashed against the cross-bar and the TNS defence managed to clear the rebound. The resultant corner found Ryan Davies, who headed across the crowded penalty box. Les Davies latched on to the ball with a thundering volley, a la Van Basten, which left Doherty with no chance and left the net bulging!
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Following this setback TNS did attempt to get more into the game, however it was Port who had the next chance. Once again Les Davies was in the thick of things - this time providing the pass which set Garth Parry free in the opponents' penalty box, however he couldn't find a way past Doherty. Amazingly it took until the 27th minute before TNS had their first chance of match! Steven Beck received the ball from a corner and his shot was well saved by Richard Harvey who dived down to his left. There then followed a period of TNS pressure, with both Wild and Beck seeing long range efforts going wide. John Leah did manage an effort on target eight minutes before half time, but his shot was straight at Harvey and caused no problems.

Ken McKenna must have given his players a proper telling off at half time because TNS came out in the second half and controlled much of the play. The opening chance of the half came to Leah who, in a repeat of his effort at the end of the first half shot straight at Harvey. It wasn't all TNS though and Port did have some chances, Gareth Parry's header after 54 minutes from a Richard Hughes cross was easy for Doherty. A minute later at the other end of the pitch, it took a fantastic Ryan Davies tackle to prevent a scoring opportunity for Alfie Carter. After 57 minutes though no-one could stop Mike Wild, his volley left Richard Harvey with no chance drawing TNS level.

Phil Baker's deflected effort with 66 minutes on the clock nearly gave TNS the lead, but the ball spooned just over the bar and minutes later Harvey had to save from a Carter header. Then, with only 8 minutes left to play, came the moment that broke Port supporters' hearts. A cross from the left found substitute Greg Stones, his shot was deflected across the face of the goal leaving another sub John Toner (right) with the easy job of tapping the ball into the net. In the last minute Port nearly got back on terms, but Carl Owen's header from a Richard Hughes cross went just over the bar.