The draw for the quarter-finals of the Nathaniel MG Cup took place today at lunchtime. Following the 5-1 victory at Flint Town United, The New Saints of Oswestry Town joined seven other teams who also progressed from round two. As per the previous rounds, the draw was regionalised, as follows:
Airbus UK /Caernarfon Town / Connah’s Quay Nomads / The New Saints of Oswestry Town
Barry Town United / Cardiff Met / Carmarthen Town / Newtown AFC.
The New Saints were drawn first, by Sgorio’s Dylan Ebenezer, followed quickly by his colleague, Owain Tudur Jones, who pulled out the current Huws Gray Alliance leaders, Caernarfon Town.
The pairing of the two sides brings back memories of the November 2014 Welsh Cup game at The Oval. The home side raced into a 2-0 lead, only for The New Saints to eventually run out 3-2 winners.
It was a wonder goal from Thomas that put the Cofis 2-0 up, with the scenes that followed just as memorable. Fortunately no-one was injured though. Watch the video at the base of the page.
We caught up with TNS manager, Scott Ruscoe, at Park Hall following training today, to get his thoughts on the draw: “It’s a tough tie against a good side. Iwan is a good coach and they’ve had a good start to the season. It will be a hard game but we are looking forward to it”
When asked if home advantage would be a key factor, he replied: “Possibly. We’ve been to Caernarfon in the Welsh Cup, where we had to come from behind to win the tie. I like the way Iwan sets his teams up. Even though we are at home, it’s going to be a tough test.”
Finally, in reference to the three youngsters (Harry Bower, Callum Jones and Lewis Kaye) who made their debuts in round two at Flint Town United, we asked him if he would continue to go with youth: “Definitely. We’ll be looking to give lads minutes. It’s only three weeks away and we’ll be looking to see what youngsters we can give minutes to.”