The New Saints lost to Legia Warsaw in the first leg of their Champions League second qualifying round tie in Wrexham, despite leading 1-0 at half-time.

The Welsh Premier champions stunned their visitors by taking the lead with an early Ryan Fraughan strike.

But the Polish champions dominated after the break to clinch the win with three second-half goals.

Substitute Michal Kucharczyk, striker Marek Saganowksi and Jakub Kosecki secured the victory for Legia.

The home side more than held their own in a first half which saw Fraughan give his side the lead on the 11th minute when his cross-shot went through the legs of goalkeeper Dusan Kuciak.

Striker Alex Darlington had the best chance to extend the TNS lead just before half-time when his shot hit the left-hand post only to bounce back into the arms of Kuciak.

The Polish champions were a different outfit after half-time and their superior skill and fitness told against a TNS side that defended stoutly for much of the second half.

The second leg will take place in Warsaw next Wednesday.

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Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Champions Lge qualifying

Home Team Score Away Team Time
The New Saints 1-3 Legia Warsaw FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Fraughan 11
  • Kucharczyk 47
  • Saganowski 57
  • Kosecki 74

The New Saints

  • 01 Harrison
  • 02 Spender
  • 03 Marriott
  • 04 Baker yellow card
  • 06 Edwards
  • 11 Fraughan (Finley 64)
  • 12 Seargeant
  • 14 Mullan
  • 18 Wilde yellow card
  • 20 Darlington (Williams 80)
  • 23 Edwards

Substitutes

  • 25 Mullock,
  • 16 Rawlinson,
  • 22 Quigley,
  • 07 Ruscoe,
  • 08 Finley,
  • 10 Williams,
  • 09 Draper

Legia Warsaw

  • 12 Kuciak
  • 02 Dosa Junior
  • 14 Wawrzyniak
  • 21 Vrdoljak
  • 25 Jakub Rzezniczak
  • 19 Bereszynski
  • 20 Kosecki (Zyro 80 yellow card)
  • 23 Pinto (Furman 46)
  • 32 Radovic (Kucharczyk 46)
  • 09 Saganowski
  • 13 Dvalishvili yellow card

Substitutes

  • 84 Skaba,
  • 39 Cichocki,
  • 05 Gol,
  • 17 Brzyski,
  • 33 Zyro,
  • 37 Furman,
  • 18 Kucharczyk
Ref: Thorvaldur ArnasonAtt: 2,925
THE NEW SAINTS
LEGIA WARSAW

Possession

  • The New Saints 50%
  • Legia Warsaw 50%

Attempts on target

  • The New Saints 0
  • Legia Warsaw 0

Attempts off target

  • The New Saints 0
  • Legia Warsaw 0

Corners

  • The New Saints 0
  • Legia Warsaw 0

Fouls

  • The New Saints 0
  • Legia Warsaw 0