Tuesday, January 13, 2009

No. 194: The New Saints (Wales)

Three teams have gone at least eight points clear of the competition in the Welsh Premier League, including The New Saints. TNS and Llanelli AFC both sit on 41 points, three behind leaders Rhyl, with Llanelli holding the advantage because of more goals scored. Llanelli also has two games in hand on TNS. The second and third place teams make the UEFA Cup, where TNS played this season.

TNS, which has been in the Welsh Premier League since 1993, had a decent showing in this year's UEFA Cup, but couldn't put a goal in the net in either of the first qualifying legs against Suduva (Lithuania). Suduva won the tie 2-0.

John Toner has 11 goals in league play to lead TNS, while Alfie Carter and Michael Wilde have six each. Toner, of England, is the club's all-time leading scorer with 105 goals in 172 starts.

Rankings so far
1. Manchester United; 2. Barcelona; 3. Liverpool; 4. Chelsea; 5. Bayern Munich; 6. Inter; 7. Juventus; 8. Real Madrid; 9. Porto.

194. The New Saints (Wales); 195. B36 Torshavn (Faroe Islands); 196. Partizani Tirana (Albania); 197. NSI Runavik (Faroe Islands); 198. Shakhter Karagandy (Kazakhstan); 199. Cliftonville (Northern Ireland); 200. Bangor City (Wales); 201. CS Grevenmacher (Luxembourg); 202. FC Santa Coloma (Andorra); 203. Racing FC (Luxembourg); 204. Zeta (Montenegro); 205. Murata (San Marino); 206. Juvenes/Dogana (San Marino); 207. Birkirkara (Malta); 208. Marsaxlokk (Malta); 209. UE Sant Julia (Andorra) .

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