Welsh Premier League
Fri 17 Sep 2010 : The Airfield / 19:30
2 - 2
The New Saints
|Steve Evans (og) 43'
Mark Allen (p) 88'
|40' Matty Williams
49' Richie Partridge
|Late penalty frustrates the Saints
THE New Saints were denied victory by a dubious penalty award at The Airfield.
Trailing 2-1, Airbus UK were handed a lifeline on 88 minutes when referee Kevin Parry waved play on after a Barry Hogan challenge on Carl Owen, but then pointed to the spot on the intervention of a linesman.
Skipper Mark Allen stepped-up to despatch the spot kick – the Wingmakers’ eighth of the season – and snatch a share of the spoils they barely deserved to remain neck-and-neck with their opponents in joint second place.
The Saints had dominated much of the possession and were rewarded on 40 minutes when home keeper Kris Rogers spilled a 25-yarder from Danny Holmes and Matty Williams pounced from close range.
But Airbus were level almost immediately when Holmes’ attempted clearance ricocheted off fellow defender Steve Evans and flew into the visitors’ net past a stranded Paul Harrison.
Four minutes after the break, TNS restored their lead with a fine individual goal from Richie Partridge, who cut inside his marker before despatching a curling shot into the far corner in front of brother-in-law and Manchester United star Michael Owen.
The Saints looked certain to hold on to their advantage and were rarely troubled at the back, while coming close to extending their lead through Chris Sharp and Scott Ruscoe.
Stunned by the late equaliser, they poured forward in search of a winner but, when Jones was felled in the home box in stoppage time, referee Parry was unimpressed.
|Richard Dorman > Andy Moran 65'
Nick Rushton > Matthew Cook 65'
Leon Clowes > Phil Clarke 80'
|61' Chris Sharp > Alex Darlington
75' Craig Jones > Jamie Wood
|Leon Clowes 82'
Matty Woodward 84'
|52' Barry Hogan