Massive congratulations to TNS Ladies who, on May 3 2018, beat a determined Shrewsbury Town Ladies 1-0 at New Bucks Head, the home of AFC Telford, to lift the Tom Farmer Shropshire County Cup.
The game kicked off with Andy Williams’ side defending the David Hutchison Stand. In their familiar green and white hooped shirts, green shirts and socks, their opponents, Shrewsbury Town Ladies, were in all orange with white trim.
With less than a minute on the clock, brave goalkeeping from Stacey Garnham saw a lull in play as treatment was required. Back on her feet though, the game continued.
Emily Ridge, TNS Ladies’ golden boot winner this season, was denied in the fifth minute by good goalkeeping by Beth Cleveley at the other end.
In the seventeenth minute a ball in from the right from Sophie Davies was met by Kim Bebbington but her flicked effort went wide.
With ten to go before the break, a through ball to Ridge saw her find the net only for the flag to go up for offside.
Although Shrewsbury Ladies created a chance down the right with a good shot from the impressive Charlotte Budd, it was TNS who had the best of the action in the final third during the first half.
However, following an entertaining first forty five minutes, the sides went into the break goalless.
Both teams looked to stamp their authority at the start of the second period but again The New Saints had the better of the action in the final third.
However, passing the 70th minute stage of the game the deadlock was still unbroken, with TNS Ladies going close on a number of occasions.
The pattern of domination but no goals continued into the final ten minutes as The New Saints looked the most likely to score. Shrewsbury relied very much on a lively Budd whenever they broke into the opposition half. Good defending limited the Shrews’ chances though.
In the dying seconds of four added minutes a ball played in by Phoebe Davies was tucked away superbly by Lou Anderson, with Andy Williams’ side earning a well-deserved victory, as they secured the first silverware of his reign at Park Hall.
The New Saints Ladies: Garnham, Phoebe Davies, Anderson, Huntbach, Yates (c), Lewis, Stirrup, Sophie Davies, Bebbington, Ridge, Morris. Subs: Taylor, Edwards, Wilkinson, Jackson, Bengtsson.
Substitutions: Bengtsson for Bebbington (78), Edwards for Morris (84)
Lead image courtesy of Salop Sports Photography.