Quigley stars as New Saints conquer Europa

Published date: 06 July 2017 |
Published by: Gavin Grosvenor
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Scott Quigley (centre) with Aeron Edwards and Alex Darlington 

Wes Fletcher 

Scott Quigley 

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Uefa Champs Lge First Qual 2nd Leg

FC Europa 1

TNS 3 (TNS win 4-3 on aggregate)

A JUBILANT Scott Ruscoe has fired back at TNS’ critics following their superb second leg comeback against nine man FC Europa on Tuesday.

The TNS interim boss admitted his found some of the criticism of the first leg defeat harsh, but was delighted to see his team progress into the second qualifying round with a 3-1 win.

“There was a few people who wanted us to slip up tonight, so that’s for them,” said Ruscoe 

” It was a good result tonight but I was really pleased with the performance. It’s a great feeling, especially after last week’s disappointment.

“I went on all week about how we didn’t do ourselves justice, and that if we went out giving it our all and playing our way, then I can’t ask anything more of you.

“We went with two recognised centre forwards and two number 10s to stifle them and then break on the counter. It worked really well in the first half and fortunately we were able to get 2-0 at half time was a dream result.

“I thought the sendings off disrupted us – we seemed to be better against 11 men than nine.”

The visitors took the lead on 37 minutes when Europa defender Ivan Moya put through his own net from a Ryan Brobbel free-kick.

Quigley doubled the Saints lead minutes later after linking with Aeron Edwards to put TNS ahead in the tie for the first time.

Liam Walker tested Saints goalkeeper Paul Harrison from distance before Jesus Toscano was denied by the woodwork.

However the hosts levelled the tie on aggregate within 10 minutes of the second half as Walker slotted home a penalty after  Edwards was penalised for a handball.

Saints’s efforts were given a boost on 58 minutes when Kike was sent off for a stamp on Ryan Pryce and was joined by Alex Quillo whose dissent earned him a second caution from Belgian referee Lawrence Visser and left the hosts with nine men.

Jon Routledge and Jamie Mullan both saw efforts just off target as TNS pushed for a winner before Brobbel had a 20 yard strike tipped over by Munoz Arevalo.

Extra time saw Adrian Cieslewicz’s acrobatic effort cleared off the line before the pressure finally told on 104 minutes with Mullan feeding Quigley to despatch past Munoz and spark a night of celebration.

Quigley said: “We came to prove to a point, and it’s personally one of the best games I’ve ever played in.

“I thought we were better against the 11 men, but we did what we did to come away with the victory which is one of the best in TNS history.”

EUROPA: Arevalo, Walker, Ayew, Tornay, Gomez, Toscano, Sanchez (Carreno), Quillo, Mendez, Belforti, Yahaya. Subs: Pinero, Cabezutto, Montero, Gonzalez, Iglesias, Bellido.

TNS: Harrison, Saunders (Draper), Brobbel, Routledge, Spender, Fletcher (Cieslewicz), Rawlinson, Pryce (Darlington), Mullan, Quigley, Edwards. Subs: Parry, Hudson, Holland, Wycherley

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