The New Saints secured a narrow victory in the first leg of their Champions League first qualifying round tie against San Marino’s Tre Penne.
Simon Spender teed up Scott Quigley to give the Welsh hosts the lead but Stefano Fraternali levelled for the reigning San Marinese champions.
Quigley turned provider for the second, playing in Jamie Mullan to restore the hosts’ lead.
Aeron Edwards nearly made it 3-1 but Mattia Migani made an important save.
The New Saints boss Craig Harrison told BBC Radio Shropshire:
“A win’s a win and we’re certainly pleased with another Champions League win at home but I think it’s a bit more of a tale of opportunities missed.
“We’ve had some good chances and on another day we should probably be scoring probably five, there.
“The goal against us was terrible four or five minutes after we had scored. We’re not the biggest team in the world and not the best at set plays, but apart from that we did really well.”
- 4BakerBooked at 59mins
- 22QuigleySubstituted forDraperat 85′minutes
- 21CieslewiczSubstituted forParryat 71′minutes
- 3MerendinoBooked at 78mins
- 6RossiBooked at 56mins
- 21AgostinelliSubstituted forFrigugliettiat 82′minutes
- 9ValliSubstituted forPalazziat 28′minutes
- 19CensoniSubstituted forChiaruzziat 76′minutes
- Farrugia Cann Trustin
Match ends, The New Saints 2, Tre Penne 1.
Second Half ends, The New Saints 2, Tre Penne 1.
Substitution, The New Saints. Greg Draper replaces Scott Quigley.
Substitution, Tre Penne. Daniele Friguglietti replaces Marco Agostinelli.
Dario Merendino (Tre Penne) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Substitution, Tre Penne. Nicola Chiaruzzi replaces Luca Censoni.
Substitution, The New Saints. Robbie Parry replaces Adrian Cieslewicz.
Phil Baker (The New Saints) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Andrea Rossi (Tre Penne) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Second Half begins The New Saints 2, Tre Penne 1.
First Half ends, The New Saints 2, Tre Penne 1.
Goal! The New Saints 2, Tre Penne 1. Jamie Mullan (The New Saints) right footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal.
Substitution, Tre Penne. Mirko Palazzi replaces Matteo Valli because of an injury.
Goal! The New Saints 1, Tre Penne 1. Stefano Fraternali (Tre Penne) right footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal.
Goal! The New Saints 1, Tre Penne 0. Scott Quigley (The New Saints) right footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal.
First Half begins.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.