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The New Saints FC

CPD Porthmadog v
The New Saints FC

Kick off:19:30 Tuesday, 18 Sept 2007
Fixture Type: Welsh Premier League
Attendance: 192

Referee: Mark Petch

Last Gasp Baker Header nets Saints Victory

Daily Post correspondent reports;

A DRAMATIC stoppage-time goal by Phil Baker enabled The New Saints to plunder the points and was a sickener for brighter Porthmadog, who believed the win should have been theirs.

Referee Mark Petch had stretched the play towards four extra minutes, when last season's league champions forced one final corner, taken by Scott Ruscoe. When the ball reached the far post, Baker managed to connect with the vital header from six yards past home keeper Joe Sagar.

Porthmadog had carved open an array of chances in the first half, notably when Marcus Orlik clipped the top of the bar and Gareth Parry hit a post, while Karl Luisi forced 'keeper Paul Harrison into a superb save.

Just ahead of half time, The New Saints also went close through Mike Wilde, whose header was only inches too high from a right wing cross by Alfie Carter. More near misses followed in the second half, with Carl Owen firing over the bar for the hosts and Paul Roberts testing Harrison, while Carter almost got the better of a tight angle for the visitors 10 minutes from the end.