THE New Saints virtually clinched the League title with a home win over old rivals Airbus UK Broughton in front of the live S4C cameras and a large crowd at Park Hall Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
This latest win takes Saints’ season-long unbeaten run to 32 games in all competitions after nearest rivals Bala Town’s title hopes were effectively ended by a 3-3 draw at home to Aberystwyth Town on Friday night.
A win at home to Bala at Park Hall in Saints’ next league game on Friday, March 13, will give Craig Harrison’s side a record-equalling fourth consecutive Welsh Premier title and their ninth in all.
Saints got off to the perfect start with a goal in just the fourth minute when a back pass by Airbus’ Andy Jones to ‘keeper James Coates saw Coates hesitate to leave Matty Williams with a one-on-one with the ‘keeper before sliding the ball past Coates from the edge of the box.
In the 42nd minute, Airbus’ Ryan Wignall made a surging run through the middle to leave himself with a one-on-one with Saints ‘keeper Paul Harrison before Wignall’s right foot shot was well blocked with his legs by the ‘keeper.
Airbus went close to an equaliser in the second half when Kai Edwards failed to clear a dangerous cross from the right and the ball fell to Glenn Rule, who rolled his shot just wide with Harrison helpless.
Then in the 85th minute, Saints clinched their win when Adrian Ciezlewicz beat two men on the left before rolling his right foot shot from 15 yards into Coates’ left hand corner.
Saints went close to adding another in the 88th minute when Aeron Edwards ran forward and fed Scott Quigley on the right, whose cross was touched past Coates’ right hand post by Kai Edwards.
The New Saints continue their quest for the treble this Saturday when they travel to Gap Connah’s Quay in the quarter-final of the Welsh Cup. Kick-off at 2.30pm.