Date: Mon 08 Jul 2013

Saints beat Cliftonville in Champions League Warm-Up

Archive Picture from when the sides met in the Europa League

Archive Picture from when the sides met in the Europa League

The New Saints continued their Champions League preparations on Saturday, as the Welsh Champions beat the Northern Irish Champions Cliftonville 1-0 at Solitude thanks to goal from substitute Matty Williams.

The Saints started brightly with both Aeron Edwards and Sam Finley testing the home goalkeeper.

Midway through the first half the New Zealand International, Greg Draper fired just over, after meeting a brilliant cross by former Wrexham man, Simon Spender.

Soon after, Draper raced clear and despite lobbing the ‘keeper, the ball landed on the roof of the net to ensure that the teams went into half time level.

After a goalless first half, Craig Harrison brought on Matty Williams and Alex Darlington to replace Aeron Edwards and Greg Draper.

With half an hour left, Finley did well to set up Williams and the former Notts County man just missed with a superb curling effort.

Moments later, Williams broke the deadlock after latching on to a fantastic cross from Ryan Fraughan, before stabbing into the net.

The Oswestry side dominated the remainder of the game and the match finished Cliftonville 0-1 TNS.

Starting XI:Paul Harrison, Simon Spender, Chris Marriott, Phil Baker, Kai Edwards, Aeron Edwards, Chris Seargeant, Sam Finley, Jamie Mullan, Ryan Fraughan, Greg Draper.

Subs:Chris Mullock, Alex Darlington, Matty Williams, Connell Rawlinson, Scott Ruscoe, Aaron Simms and Scott Quigley.

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