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And the first champions of 2015 are ... TNS

Published: Saturday 14 March 2015, 22.38CET
The New Saints FC have an eye on UEFA Champions League qualifying after becoming Europe's first champions of 2015, wrapping up the Welsh title with five games to spare.
by Mark Pitman
from Oswestry
And the first champions of 2015 are ... TNS
The New Saints FC celebrate their ninth Welsh Premier League title ©UEFA.com
Published: Saturday 14 March 2015, 22.38CET

And the first champions of 2015 are ... TNS

The New Saints FC have an eye on UEFA Champions League qualifying after becoming Europe's first champions of 2015, wrapping up the Welsh title with five games to spare.

The New Saints FC have become Europe's first domestic champions of 2015 after claiming their fourth successive Welsh Premier League title under Craig Harrison with a 3-0 victory over Bala Town FC on Saturday.

Adrian Cieslewicz's first-half header and two goals after half-time from Matty Williams secured a win that leaves TNS an unassailable 20 points clear in Wales with five games to go. Harrison is urging his side to keep it up, though. With the League Cup already in the bag, the Oswestry outfit could complete Wales' first treble since Rhyl FC did it in 2003/04. His team also have an unbeaten record to maintain.

"The strapline of our team is that complacency is the enemy of success, and I truly believe that," former Middlesbrough FC defender Harrison told UEFA.com. "The whole squad deserve credit, everyone played a part. The dynamics and the variation of players that we have is the best since I have been here. We've got pace, power, experience and youth in a group of players who will dig in and put their bodies on the line.

"It's good that we still have so much to play for," added Harrison, whose side have not lost at their Park Hall home since November 2012. "It will stop the players from taking their foot off the pedal. To complete the treble and finish the season undefeated would be incredible. No team in the history of the Welsh Premier League has completed the treble and remained undefeated in the same season. It's something we want to achieve."

The most decorated team in the history of the Welsh Premier League, Harrison and his side can also start preparing for this summer's UEFA Champions League qualifying. "The Champions League campaigns we have experienced have been brilliant, and we can now look forward to the next one," said Harrison.

Check out the provisional 2015/16 UEFA Champions League access list

Last updated: 14/03/15 23.27CET

Results

Welsh Premier League 2014/15

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 25/03/2015 12:23 CET

14/03/2015

TNSTNS3-0BalaBala

A. Cieślewicz 13, Williams 55, 73

Venue: Oswestry

14/03/2015

RhylRhyl1-1BangorBangor

Gosset 26

S. Hart 18

Venue: Rhyl

14/03/2015

CarmarthenCarmarthen3-1Cefn DruidsCefn Druids

Ham 31, Thomas 85, Bassett 90

Taylor 33

Venue: Carmarthen

14/03/2015

NewtownNewtown0-2BroughtonBroughton

Field 60, 65 (P)

Venue: Newtown

13/03/2015

AberystwythAberystwyth2-2Port TalbotPort Talbot

C. Williams 52, 62 (P)

L. Bowen 25, Bond 49

Venue: Aberystwyth

13/03/2015

PrestatynPrestatyn3-4Connah's QuayConnah's Quay

Parker 68 (P), 75, Beattie 70

Ukuno 18, 37, Miller 34, Crowther 88

Venue: Prestatyn

Standings

Last updated: 25/03/2015 12:23 CET

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