THE New Saints won the League Cup for the third successive season, but were forced to work hard before overcoming Welsh League Barry Town United 4-0 at Cardiff Met's Cyncoed Stadium.
After Jordan Cotterill had hammered the TNS crossbar on 70 minutes, the Dragons appeared to grow in confidence, but were hit by three goals inside five minutes.
Chris Seargeant curled a superb shot into the top corner beyond the grasp of keeper Mike Lewis to break the deadlock and, two minutes later, proved a well weighted pass for Adrian Cieslewicz to fire the second into the far corner. And, three minutes later, half-time substitute Seargeant took a touch inside the box before adding another.
Earlier, Barry had been forced to defend for long periods with Lewis making a good stop to deny Alex Darlington and then Greg Draper from a Ryan Pryce cross.
Lewis parried a Cieslewicz shot and then saved from Ryan Brobbel after an intricate TNS move in the box and Chris Hugh cleared another TNS effort off the line before the break.
But Barry were able to restrict the Saints to fewer chances after the break, until the late surge ended their hopes of causing a notable upset and Seargeant rubbed salt in the wounds by completing his hat-trick in the final minute of normal time.