WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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THE New Saints maintained their grip on domestic football, beating Airbus UK Broughton 2-0 in the Welsh Cup final at Wrexham to record a unique double-treble having won all three competitions last season.

Goals in each half from Ryan Brobbel and Scott Quigley saw the Saints land the trophy for a third successive season.

Victory for TNS means that third-placed Llandudno automatically qualify for the Europa League, while the Wingmakers now go into the play-offs as they chase European football for a fourth successive year.

In a lack-lustre first half, TNS broke the deadlock on 33 minutes when Brobbel fired home from close range after Aeron Edwards had headed on a corner.

Quigley doubled the margin six minutes into the second half when he fired home at the far post after a shot from Adrian Cieslewicz shot had deflected following a break down the right.

But Airbus were left to rue missed chances,  Chris Budrys sending a shot over the bar from 10 yards out and heading another effort just wide of the far post from a Lee Owens free kick.

James Murphy found the side netting and skipper Ian Kearney headed over from a corner on 49 minutes.

Cieslewicz and Quigley both drew smart saves from Airbus keeper James Coates and TNS went close to a third when Cieslewicz lobbed over the bar and Quigley was also wide after a run into the box by Brobbel.

The Wingmakers almost got an injury time consolation when Budrys had a shot cleared off the line while sub Jordan Barrow fired over from 16 yards.

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28 July 2017

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