Saints Secure Semi Final Spot

The New Saints of Oswestry Town progressed into the Semi-Final of theWord Cup after a Scott Quigley goal and a Greg Draper brace knocked out fellow Dafabet Welsh Premier League side Haverfordwest County.

Draper opened the scoring in the 4th minute after he coolly rounded Craig Morris before slotting into the empty net.

Quigley latched onto a defensive mix up to make it two nil but Luke Borrelli pulled one back from the penalty spot before Draper secured the match with a great goal from the edge of the box to secure a 3-1 score line.

The Saints began well and were in front after only four minutes thanks to Draper.

Alex Darlington shot over from the edge of the box before Steve Evans headed over from a corner.

The Saints dominated the possession and debutant Robbie Parry had a couple of shots that went close to doubling the lead, as TNS went into the break with a one goal advantage.

The second half started with The Saints once again controlling the game and scored a second goal after a defensive mistake from Spencer Williams. The Haverfordwest defender passed back to the goalkeeper but Quigley cut it out and passed the ball past Morris to give The Saints a two goal lead.

However, Kai Edwards gave away a penalty a minute later. Borrelli sent Wycherley the wrong way and converted to reduce the deficit.

With twenty minutes to play, Craig Harrison sent on Simon Spender and within seconds, the full back picked out Quigley who shot just wide from close range.

In the 79th minute, Draper completed his brace by slotting in from the edge of the box after Haverfordwest had failed to clear a corner.

Declan Carroll then broke forward but his shot was superbly kept out by academy graduate Andy Wycherley.

The young goalkeeper then tipped Carroll’s powerful free kick onto the bar as the visitors kept on pushing forward in search of a way back into the game but were unable to and the match finished 3-1 to The Saints.



TNS: Wycherley, Jones, A.Edwards (Spender 69), Evans, K.Edwards, Williams, Darlington, Draper, Quigley, Cieslewicz & Parry.

The unused substitutes were Harrison, Baker and Seargeant.