In front of a partly crowd of 1056 recently formed Welsh Champions The New Saints FC overturned a 1-0 first-leg deficit against Bohemian FC to reach the Champions League third qualifying round where they will meet Belgian Giants RSC Anderlecht.
Three goals in the first 20 minutes courtesy of Craig Jones, Matthew Williams and Chris Sharp effectively ended the tie before half time, and Williams grabbed the 4th with 17 minutes to go so putting the finishing touches to their first ever aggregate win in Europe.
TNS who were originally known as Total Network Solutions prior to their merger with Oswestry Town are no strangers to big European Nights, despite having never previously won a European tie.
In 2005 they player Liverpool losing both games 3-0, but attracting crowds of 8009 for the home leg played at Wrexham’s Racecourse Ground Stadium and an impressive 14,563 for the game at Anfield.
In 2003 they lost 7-0 on aggregate to Manchester City in the UEFA Cup 1st Round, and they could meet them again if as expected they lose to Andertect in their Champions League tie. As 3rd Qualifying round losers they will still qualify for the Europa League Playoffs, which includes Man City and other British Clubs Aston Villa and Dundee United. Whatever happens TNS will end this season with a slightly higher profile and a considerably bigger bank balance that when they started.
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