CONNAH’S Quay Nomads are celebrating back-to-back JD Cymru Premier titles after goals from veteran captain George Horan and now 10-time league winner Aeron Edwards secured a 2-0 victory at Penybont on the final day of the regular season.

Andy Morrison’s Nomads went into the match knowing three points would guarantee them the championship trophy, but that any slip-up could let in The New Saints if they beat Bala Town in Oswestry.

Horan gave Nomads the perfect start by heading in Edwards’ cross after just four minutes, before the latter, who won nine titles with Saints, headed in with quarter of an hour remaining.

At Park Hall, Ben Clark gave Saints an early lead, but the hosts were reduced to 10 men after Ryan Harrington was sent off for a professional foul on Anthony Kay.

Adrian Cieslewicz doubled Saints’ lead in the second half, however, their hopes of a 14th title were finally ended when Edwards doubled Nomads’ advantage in Bridgend.

Having embraced his players following the final whistle, Nomads boss Morrison, wearing a red hoodie with the words ‘Keep the trophy in Wales’ on the back, took aim at the Saints for what happened after last season’s championship was decided under an unweighted points-per-game method due to Covid-19.

Saints, who had finished runners-up, unsuccessfully challenged the Nomads’ success at the High Court.

"We were the best team last year and this year we've cemented that, so we've won two titles today, not just one and that's what means a lot to me,” said Morrison.

"People might say you've got to let these things go but I can't. I had to make sure we gave an account of ourselves this year and it reflected what we did last year and we've done it.

"We worked so hard last year. I was in the kitchen, on my own last year, when we were awarded the title and I wasn't with the players that I've got a bond with and grown to love over the years.

"We just didn't get the celebrations and it was special today because we were all together and it was right."

He added: "We were taunted as plastic champions and that the real champions were TNS.

"Well they're not. The real champions of Wales are Connah's Quay. We were taunted last year, we had emails.

"They [TNS] tried to sign one of our players and take him in January so that he'd be ready for the Champions League.

"You make what you sow and the way it was dealt with last year – we were four points clear and we were outstanding last year."

It won’t be long before the Saints are back in training preparing for the Champions League qualifiers, but it is unclear whether Morrison will still be at the helm.

"I'm going to speak to my chairman this week," he said. "I spoke with him a couple of times and I've been nine years now in this league.

"If I stay as manager, I've got two weeks and I'm back for the Champions League preparations and I've done that for nine years on the spin. I just need a break.

"I'll speak to the chairman, we'll look at things this week and maybe after a couple of days reflection I might change.

"But, at the moment, I think it's very, very difficult because my mind was made up but I wanted to be with these lads and I wanted to cement these back-to-back titles.

"Like I said, sometimes you have these thoughts and after a few days reflection you miss it, but we'll see. At the minute, I'm just going to enjoy this.

"But it's been a fantastic nine years in the Welsh League.

Morrison added: "Nobody knows what's around the corner but there's nothing around the corner at the moment.

"Let me assure you that nobody's knocking on my door offering any jobs. It's purely that we've come a hell of a long way and it's relentless.

"I don't think people fully understand what it's like to manage in the Welsh League and be in Europe.

"We'll go from here tonight and then in the next couple of days we're starting trying to plan friendlies for June/July and then your preparations.

"It's relentless and you've got to have an incredible appetite for that and I've always have had."

Meanwhile, Saints manager Anthony Limbrick said: "It hurts, there's no doubt about that.

"You know when you come to a club like this you need to win titles and we'll be right back at it.

"We'll have a small break after the off-season, then back on it next season ready to win that league back.

"We're disappointed, there's no doubt about that, however, I can only commend the players on how they went about their work today.

"Since we had that 0-0 draw against Connah's Quay, when we knew it was out of our hands, the players have been utter professionals, they've worked hard and got the results we wanted.

"We've won 3-0, 3-0 and 2-0, we couldn't have done much more than that.

"We slipped up in a couple of games, but we couldn't have done much more today, the performance was very good."