THE New Saints performed creditably against Videoton, but face an uphill battle in the second leg of their Champions League tie after conceding an away goal.
The hosts should have taken the lead in the second minute when Aeron Edwards failed to make good contact with Chris Marriott's free kick with the goal at his mercy from a yard out.
TNS keeper Paul Harrison did well to deny Adam Gyursco midway through the first half but Adrian Cieslewicz went close, firing just wide from 20 yards.
The Hungarians started the second period strongly, going close through Andras Fejes and Gyurcso, while Kai Edwards saw his tame header saved by Peter Gabor.
Videoton continued to grow in confidence and came within inches of taking the lead as the ever-lively Gyurcso found Tamas Koltai in the box, but the midfielder’s glancing header sailed wide of the far post with 25 minutes left on the clock.
But the visitors did break the deadlock in the 77th-minute when Chris Seargeant lost the ball to Gyursco, who fired past Harrison for what proved the only goal of the game.
Edwards drilled a shot inches over the bar in the dying minutes for TNS, who must win in Hungary next Wednesday to progress.