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Last Updated: Thursday, 14 August, 2003, 20:37 GMT 21:37 UK
Man City off to a flyer
Manchester City 5-0 TNS

Trevor Sinclair
Sinclair fires in the first goal
Manchester City made a dream start to life in the City of Manchester Stadium with a comfortable win over Welsh minnows TNS in the first leg of their Uefa Cup qualifying tie.

Goals from Trevor Sinclair, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Sun Jihai, David Sommeil and Nicolas Anelka saw the Sky Blues record a comfortable win in the first competitive match at their impressive new stadium.

Kevin Keegan's side were rarely threatened in their first European game for over 24 years.

It took just over five minutes for City to go close when Wright-Phillips thrashed wide after opting to shoot from a difficult angle.

The young forward was at the centre of much of City's attacking play and three minutes later he found himself in a good position to shoot but was again off target.

KEY MOMENTS
14 mins: Sinclair earns a place in the record books with the opener
51 mins: Wright-Phillips doubles City's lead
60 mins: Jihai comes off the bench to score the third
74 mins: Sommeil gets a rare goal for the club
87 mins: Anelka wraps up the scoring for City
TNS looked lively in the early stages but after 14 minutes they fell behind and never looked like recovering.

Sinclair had the honour of the first goal at City's new ground when he capped his debut by volleying home from the edge of the box after TNS failed to clear from a corner.

City seemed to take their foot off the pedal after the goal and it was not until the stroke of half-time when Fowler hit the woodwork that they looked like scoring a second.

City keeper David Seaman was finally called into action in the early stages of the second half when Simon Davies tried his luck.

Their brief flirtation in City's half seemed to spark Keegan's side and moments later they doubled their lead through Wright-Phillips.

We've conceded some daft goals but that's why my players are at the level that they are
TNS boss Ken McKenna
He connected well with a shot from outside the area, but TNS keeper Gerry Doherty will be unhappy at allowing the ball to squirt under his body.

Jihai got the third after Fowler did well to chase down what looked to be a lost cause and crossed for the substitute to head home from close range.

The crowd of around 30,000 were strangely subdued for much of the game.

They came to life when Paulo Wanchope entered for a cameo appearance and helped set up Sommeil for just his second goal for the club.

With three minutes left on the clock Anelka put the icing on the cake when he rifled home from Sinclair's cross.


Man City: Seaman, Sommeil, Distin, Berkovic, Dunne, Tarnat, Bosvelt, Wright-Phillips, Sinclair, Anelka, Fowler. Subs: Weaver, Huckerby, Wanchope, Wiekens, Tiatto, Jihai, Barton.

TNS: Doherty, Naylor, King, Brabin, Taylor, Ruscoe, Bridgewater, Nicky Ward, Simon Davies, Leah. Subs: Dean Williams, Wood, Toner, Wild, Justin Perry, Steve Evans, Aggrey.

Referee: Alexey Tiumin (Russia).




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