WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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THE New Saints went close to an upset in the second qualifying round of the Champions League after grabbing an away goal through Matty Williams in the second half.

But a goal from Adam Gyurcso , who scored the first leg winner at Park Hall, put the Hungarians through on a steamy hot night in Szekesfehervar's Sostoi Stadion.

Saints' striker Mike Wilde missed a late chance and then Sam Finley was sent-off following an off-the-ball incident two minutes from time.

Goalkeeper Paul Harrison was the Saints' hero to deny Dinko Trebotic and Mirko Ivanovski while, at the other end, Wilde had a header cleared off the line.

But when substitute Williams fired home from a Simon Spender right wing cross, it took the game to an extra 30 minutes.

Both teams looked drained during extra time, and it took a rare moment of quality from Gyurcso to finally beat Harrison.

"The players were outstanding tonight," said TNS chief Craig Harrison.

"We worked out where their weaknesses would be and where our strengths would be and the lads were absolutely outstanding, every single one. I think we have been very very unlucky."

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24 March 2017

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