— The New Saints FC (@tnsfc) October 24, 2017
Goals: Seargeant penalty (4), Darlington (84)
Substitutions: Mullan for Leak (57), Draper for Clark (66), Callum Jones for Marriott (74)
Scott Ruscoe’s target of winning all domestic trophies is still very much alive, as The New Saints of Oswestry Town beat a determined Caernarfon Town at Park Hall in the Nathaniel MG Cup quarter-final tie.
Wearing claret and blue, the visitors got us underway as they attacked the open end, that housed a group of their supporters hoping to witness a goal.
Unfortunately for them though it came at the other end, when, with just four minutes on the clock, Chris Seargeant slotted home from the spot after Brobbel was brought down in the box.
The JD WPL’s top goalscorer this season, Seargeant looked to increase his tally in all competitons even further but his free-kick from 25 yards was pushed away by Ramsay.
With space and freedom to push forward, Rawlinson turned his marker down TNS’ right. Making his way into the box, his shot was blocked as the home side looked to increase their lead.
The game certainly wasn’t all one-sided though as Iwan Williams’ side looked dangerous whenever they pushed forward. Ryan Williams played a ball in that although Clive Williams connected, his header was away from goal and the Saints cleared the danger.
In the 27th minute, Ryan Williams again created an opportunity, this time going for goal himself. The ball came off Clark though, who took the sting out of the shot as Harrison collected comfortably.
The busier of the two goalkeepers on the night, Ramsay was called into action on a couple of occasions as the first half ended 1-0 to The New Saints.
With Brobbel through, the man in lilac was out of his box to clear the danger, just ahead of the Northern Ireland U21 international. Two minutes later, Darlington capitalised on a mistake to go for goal, only for Ramsay to push the ball away.
As the halftime whistle went and the other scores came through, all games were 1-0 with The New Saints being the only home side to have the advantage.
Within five minutes of the start, Seargeant again went close as his shot was deflected for a corner. Four minutes on, good work from Darlington saw Clark presented with an opportunity, only for his shot to go just wide of Ramsay’s left post.
Following a deliberate handball from Rhys Roberts, Marriott’s free-kick rattled the post. Brobbel was first to the rebound only for the keeper to save.
It wasn’t all one-way traffic though and with just the one goal separating the sides, Caernarfon were motivated by the fact that just one breach of Harrison’s goal would haul them back into the game.
With 77 minutes gone, Breese shot from the edge of the box only for the keeper to save comfortably. Six minutes later it was the Canaries’ number nine again in the thick of the action. Up against Roberts, he managed to get a shot in but Harrison saved again, this time at his near post.
Within a minute though it was game, set and match for the current holders of the competition, as Ruscoe’s side sealed the win. Great work from substitute Mullan down TNS’ flank found Darlington in the box, who slotted past Ramsay.
The never-say-die spirit from the visitors was alive right until the very end though and they continued to push forward. Winning a free-kick on TNS’ left, the ball was drilled in only for goalkeeper and captain Harrison to make yet another fine save, as he parried the effort away for a corner.
In the 89th minute, substitute Callum Jones almost got his name alongside Seargeant and Darlington as he chased a through ball in the area.
An initial error by Ramsay was quickly rectified though as the youngster – who made his full TNS debut in the last round at Flint Town United – was denied.
The pattern of half-time scores elsewhere continued at the final whistle, as all for victors on the night reached the semi-finals courtesy of 2-0 victories.
The draw – live on the JD WPL Facebook page from 1.00 pm on Wednesday, October 25 2017 – remains regionalised. This means that TNS will face Connah’s Quay Nomads, with just home advantage at stake. In the other semi-final, Cardiff Met and Newtown are the teams that remain in the competition.
* The game will be played at Deeside Stadium on Monday, November 20 2017.
|October 24, 2017||7:45 pm||Nathaniel MG Cup||2017 - 2018|
|Park Hall Stadium|
|The Venue, Burma Rd, Whittington, Oswestry SY11 4AS, UK|