This afternoon, the second round draw was made for the Nathaniel MG Cup. Streamed live via the JD Welsh Premier League Facebook page, TNS were in the ‘north’ pot that included nine other teams.
With the national side in Cardiff, ahead of tomorrow’s game against Austria, Joe Allen and Neil Taylor were the special guests involved in the draw.
The former drew Flint Town United out of the bowl, with the latter The New Saints as the away side. The game is scheduled, along with the other ties, on October 3rd, although confirmation will follow in due course.
We caught up with TNS Manager, Scott Ruscoe, immediately after draw was made. The first question we asked was, would he have preferred a home tie? “Of course” he replied, “but it’s the cup and you can’t do much about that. Just like last season in the Irn-Bru Cup when we had three away draws.”
Concerning the opponents, Flint Town United, and what we can expect he continued, “It’s going to be a tough game. I went to see them last season and they like to play football.”
Sharing his thoughts on avoiding a fellow JD WPL side, Scott confirmed that was a positive but also added that it was a competition in which the full squad would be considered for the starting line-up.
Finally, when asked about the opportunity to win his first domestic silverware as a manager, he concluded, ‘Before the season you set your aims and your objectives and for me they are the JD WPL, the JD Welsh Cup, the Nathanel MG Cup and the Irn-Bru Cup. We are in all four and we want to win them all.”
The New Saints are the current holders of the trophy, having defeated then second-tier Barry Town United 4-0 in the 2016/2017 final. Played at Cardiff Metropolitan University’s Cyncoed campus in January this year in front of a four-figure crowd, TNS were held until the 78th minute.
With the deadlock broken by Chris Seargeant, he added a second on 84 minutes, completing his hat-trick at the death. The other goal, with 80 minutes on the clock, was scored by Adrian Cieslewicz.