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The New Saints 4-0 Bohemians (agg 4-1)

Craig Jones opens the scoring for The New Saints after just six minutes
Craig Jones opens the scoring for The New Saints after just six minutes

The New Saints advanced to a glamour third-qualifying round Champions League tie with Anderlecht after a historic 4-0 win over Bohemians at Park Hall.

The Irish champions arrived in Oswestry with a 1-0 advantage from the first leg in Dublin, but were blitzed in the first half by the Welsh Premier kings.

Craig Jones, Matty Williams and Chris Sharp all struck inside 20 minutes.

Williams' second on 73 minutes ensured the Saints advanced in Europe for the first time in their 12 attempts.

Williams was the star of the show, setting up Jones for the opener on six minutes with an excellent pass.

Good work by Steve Evans and Matthew Berkeley then made the first chance for Williams, who finished neatly.

Jones turned provider for Sharp to leave the visitors shattered after just 20 minutes.

Bohemians rallied after the break, Paul Keegan going close with two efforts.

But Scott Ruscoe's corner was headed on by Evans for Williams to round off a glory night for the home side.

The third qualifying round legs take place on 27 & 28 July and 3 & 4 August, with Belgian giants Anderlecht a mouth-watering proposition.


The New Saints midfielder Aaron Edwards:
"It's amazing, I can't believe it... we thoroughly deserve it and hope to go to Belgium, get a good reception and play well.

"We needed the early goal to set us up and we've taken all our chances.

"They had a couple of chances after the break, but our defence was brilliant, our keeper made some great saves.

"Everyone was fantastic, we were better than them and thoroughly deserved to go through."


The New Saints FC: Harrison, Danny Holmes, Chris Marriott, Baker, Evans, Ruscoe, Hogan, Sharp (Darlington 90), Matty Williams, Craig Jones, Berkeley (Wood 89).
Subs Not Used: Simon Williams, Tommy Holmes, Seargeant, McKenna, Edwards.

Booked: Sharp.

Goals: Craig Jones 6, Matty Williams 14, Sharp 20, Matty Williams 73.

Bohemians: Barry Murphy, Heary, Powell (McGuinness 46), Oman, Keegan, Byrne (Greene 67), Brennan, Madden, Shelley, Quigley, Higgins (Cronin 46).
Subs Not Used: O'Connor, Rossiter, Burke, Dixon.

Booked: Powell, McGuinness, Keegan.

Att: 1,056

Ref: Istvan Vad (Hungary).



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