The New Saints 0
Caernarfon Town 0
JD Cymru Premier League – April 27, 2021
Nine-man Caernarfon produced a superhuman defensive display to hold title-chasers The New Saints to a 0-0 draw at Park Hall this evening.
And star of the show for the Canaries was goalkeeper Lewis Brass, who produced a succession of magnificent saves in just his second appearance for the club.
While the result will not likely change the inevitability that Caernarfon are to finish sixth, it did end a run of six straight Cymru Premier defeats for Huw Griffiths’ side.
And leaders Connah’s Quay Nomads will no doubt be pleased to see their only title rivals drop more points.
Andy Morrison’s side, who whipped TNS 4-1 on Saturday, will move five points clear with four to play if they beat Bala Town at the Deeside Stadium tomorrow night.
Greg Draper found the net early at Park Hall, but was rightly adjudged offside.
Brass then produced a brilliant stop at the feet of Leo Smith before getting down well to Draper’s near post shot.
Caernarfon rode the storm and produced three good breaks, but the final ball was lacking.
Gaz Edwards produced a great block to deny Draper and right on half time Ryan Brobbel came up with some fine trickery in the box, but his attempt missed by inches.
TNS maintained the pressure at the start of the second half, a downward header from Keston Taylor forcing Brass into a marvellous full-length stop.
Ryan Harrington lashed inches over, then Max Cleworth cleared off the line when substitute Louis Robles looked a cert to score.
Town’s only on-target effort of the night came in the 66th minute when Mike Hayes got some purchase on a Gruff John cross, but Paul Harrison grasped the ball above his head.
It was tough on Caernarfon when Gruff John was red-carded for pulling back Robles in the box in the 76th minute.
A penalty was awarded, but Draper missed from the spot for the second game in a row, blazing wide from 12 yards.
Heroic defending from Caernarfon denied Saints further chances before in the 91st minute Jack Kenny – again somewhat harshly – was shown a second yellow and received his marching orders.
Still much drama to come.
In the 92nd minute Blaine Hudson outjumped everyone to head home at the back post, but was adjudged to have committed a foul. There appeared little wrong with the goal, but Caernarfon had earned their slice of luck.
Then in the seventh and final minute of added time, Brass put the icing on the cake by keeping out an Adam Roscrow header and then clearing off the line when a Robles goal looked a sure thing.
An amazing effort from Caernarfon but more disappointment for TNS.