Date: Sun 14 Aug 2016

TNS start title defence with a win over Aber

Match day one of the 2016/17 Dafabet WPL season finished this afternoon with win for TNS and Airbus.

Buddugoliaethau i'r Seintiau ac Airbus ond dim goliau rhwng Y Rhyl a Llandudno.

Airbus UK Broughton 1-0 Cardiff Met University

Tony Gray (35)

Airbus UK Broughton put an eventful week behind them to open their Welsh Premier campaign with a 1-0 win over newly-promoted Cardiff Met at the Hollingsworth Group Stadium.

A Tony Gray goal after 35 minutes proved enough in what was never a vintage performance against a well-drilled side who showed they will be competitive in their first season in the top flight.

Ryan Neild was grateful to hang on to the ball after a scramble in the Airbus box in the opening minutes before Gray shot straight at keeper Will Fuller from 25 yards.

Jon Littlemore fired well over at the other end for Met with Matty McGinn's header from a Jake Cook corner deflected just wide of the visitors' goal. Two corners in quick succession then come to nothing for Airbus before McGinn skied a first time shot from another Cook flag kick.

Kyle McCarthy sent a free kick straight into Neild's grasp before the goal arrived when Kevin Monteiro fed Ryan Edwards, whose pull back from the byline was despatched from six yards by Gray.

A poor back pass put Fuller under pressure from Kevin Monteiro but the keeper managed to clear as the first half came to close.

The visitors looked more threatening after the break and had the Wingmakers pinned in their own half for long periods, although Jordan Lam was forced to clear a Gray header off his own line and sub James Murphy managed to create a shooting chance that saw the ball taken off his toe by a defender.

A McCarthy cross found Eliot Evans at the far post but the Cardiff player miscued before two fine saves from Neild denied Lam on both occasions while an audacious 50-yard lob from McGinn went over the bar and the Met missed a late chance from a corner in stoppage time as Airbus held on for the win.

Rhyl FC 0-0 Llandudno FC

The New Saints 2-1 Aberystwyth Town

Ryan Brobbel (13), Adrian Cieslewicz (38)
Chris Jones (81)

The New Saints made a winning start to the 2016/2017 Dafabet Welsh Premier League season after goals from Ryan Brobbel and Adrian Cieslewicz sealed the three points.

The Saints began well and nearly broke the deadlock inside the opening ten minutes. Cieslewicz broke free and smashed the bar from the edge of the box with Dominic Roberts beaten.

The deadlock was broken five minutes later when Brobbel headed in from close range to give TNS a perfect start to the season.

TNS continued to dominate the game and nearly doubled the advantage when Aeron Edwards’ powerful strike smashed the post.

Ten minutes before the half time break, Cieslewicz was played in by Chris Seargeant and after composing himself, he managed to lob Richards and give TNS a two goal lead.

The second half began with TNS nearly adding a third goal. Scott Quigley was the quickest to react to a blocked shot but his delicate chip clipped the bar and went over.

Greg Draper and Alex Darlington were both introduced after the hour mark and within minutes were nearly involved in a third goal for TNS. Good build up play down the left ended up with Chris Marriott’s cross finding Simon Spender who headed over the bar from close range.

With The Saints seemingly in control, Aberystwyth Town won a free kick on the edge of the box and former TNS man Chris Jones rifled in an unstoppable strike to give the visitors hope with ten minutes remaining.

However, despite same late pressure, TNS were able to resist and secured an opening day victory.

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