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Llanelli end long wait for Welsh crown

Published: Saturday 12 April 2008, 14.00CET
Llanelli AFC were crowned Welsh champions for the first time in their 112-year history without kicking a ball on Friday when rivals The New Saints FC lost.
by Trevor Haylett
Published: Saturday 12 April 2008, 14.00CET

Llanelli end long wait for Welsh crown

Llanelli AFC were crowned Welsh champions for the first time in their 112-year history without kicking a ball on Friday when rivals The New Saints FC lost.
Llanelli AFC were crowned Welsh champions for the first time in their 112-year history without even kicking a ball on Friday evening when title rivals The New Saints FC suffered a surprise 2-0 defeat at Airbus UK FC.

Treble chance
Peter Nicholas's side then celebrated in style by defeating Connah's Quay Nomads FC today, with forward Rhys Griffiths claiming the only goal of the game to lift his seasonal tally in all competitions to 53. Having taken TNS's crown – the Oswestry-based club had won the title for the past three seasons – the league could be the first part of a domestic treble this season for Llanelli. They face Rhyl FC in the League Cup final on 27 April, before they take on Bangor City FC on 4 May for the Welsh Cup.

'Delighted'
Nicholas, whose side also reached the FAW Premier Cup final but lost to Newport County AFC and will enter UEFA Champions League qualifying for the first time next season, said: "I'm delighted for everyone connected with Llanelli and pleased it's done and dusted as we did not want it to go to the last game of the season when we go to TNS." Consolation for TNS is likely to come in the shape of a UEFA Cup first qualifying round place as runners-up, with cup finalists Bangor also entering the competition due to Llanelli's league victory.

Last updated: 12/04/08 23.17CET

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