Saints Into Final After Dramatic Finish At Latham Park

The New Saints of Oswestry Town reached the FAW Welsh Cup Final after beating Airbus UK by four goals to two in a dramatic finish at Latham Park.

The Saints secured their place in the Cup Final thanks to goals from Adrian Cieslewicz, Scott Quigley and a brilliant brace from Mike Wilde.

In what was an even first half, a magical goal from Cieslewicz gave TNS the lead before Airbus levelled. Wilde once again put TNS in front but The Saints were again pegged back by Airbus. However, a 91st minute winner from Wilde put TNS in the Final before Quigley put the icing on the cake by adding a fourth.

The game began with Chris Budrys having a great chance to open the scoring but he shot wide from the edge of the box.

Airbus continued to push players forward but despite winning a series of corners, couldn’t test Paul Harrison with anything meaningful.

Aeron Edwards then had his shot blocked after being expertly played in by Matty Williams.

The Wingmakers continued to pump the ball into The Saints’ box but Craig Harrison’s men defended well and then took the lead thanks for a wonderful solo goal from Cieslewicz. The winger broke forward from near the halfway line and dribbled past four Airbus defenders before slotting past James Coates to give The Saints the lead.

However, two minutes into the second half and the game was level. Tom Field’s excellent cross was met by Jordan Barrow who managed to head over Paul Harrison and level the Cup tie.

With just over an hour played, TNS retook the lead. Simon Spender’s excellent cross was met by Wilde who converted from just inside the six yard box to give TNS lead again.

Craig Harrison sent on Scott Quigley as The Saints edged closer to the FAW Welsh Cup Final but had to deal with some late pressure from Andy Preece’s side.

Matty McGinn then fired over from the edge of the box as they began to throw everything they had at The Saints.

However, despite The Saints looking resilient, Wayne Riley equalised for Airbus after converting from a tight angle.

The Saints then scored what looked to be the winner but Wilde’s effort was ruled out for offside in controversial fashion.

In the 91st minute the winner did arrive, it was Wilde again but this time his shot bounced over the line and was given.

Substitute Quigley then added the icing on the cake by scoring the fourth goal of the game to set up an Welsh Cup Final against Newtown.

 

 

TNS: Harrison (C), Spender, Marriott, Baker, Rawlinson, K.Edwards, A.Edwards, Cieslewicz, Wilde, Williams (Darlington 85) and Mullan (Quigley 79).

The unused substitutes were Reed, Draper and Mullock.