I covered two Welsh Cup semi-finals this weekend, with the second involving The New Saints and I was on the edge of my seat right until the very end.
Congratulations to both Newtown and ourselves, The New Saints for making their way through to the Welsh Cup Final, and what style both sides did it in.
On Saturday a stunner from former Wrexham youngster Matty Owen, a goal worthy of winning any game, saw Chris Hughes and his side through to the final.
What a transformation at the Robins in the last few years. Struggling in the lower embers of the league only a few years ago, now they are just one game from Europe and lifting their first Welsh Cup since the 1800’s.
And on Sunday, what a game that was for the neutral. Airbus had the first half, and had a grip on the game without too many chances, but like the Saints do, they turn it on when they need to.
Adrian Cieslewicz got the goal, and like last week, right on half time, against the run of play, to give his side a half time lead.
However, Airbus didn’t fold, Jordan Barrow equalised to make a game of it, before Mike Wilde did what he does best, score.
Spender put a great ball in and Wilde headed it away from Coates to make it 2-1, and it seemed as though The Saints would go on and see out the game.
But that wasn’t the case, as the Airbus late pressure told two minutes from time. Wayne Riley finished from a narrow angle, yet, again it wasn’t over.
Saints never lie down and always come back, and that they did. Wilde scored it was chalked off, but he popped up again, heading over the line despite the efforts of the Airbus defenders.
By this time I was losing my breath on the live commentary, due to an overload of action. It was an amazing last 20 minutes for supporters, but there was to be no other drama in the end as Scott Quigley finished well to bury the game late on.
I don’t think there were two goals between the sides, but due to the sheer determination to come back when it looked like it would head to extra time was unreal.
The treble is still on, the unbeaten run is still going, and after that performance, you wouldn’t like to bet against TNS bringing a full house of goods home.