Five Talking Points – Cambrian & Clydach Vale BGC 2 The New Saints FC 1

The Result 

It’s true to say that not many people would have predicted the outcome. In a true David v Goliath affair, just like it was in the book of 1 Samuel, it was the former who slayed the latter. The result alone is the number one talking point.

 

It Won’t Be Five On The Bounce

Previously known as theword. Cup and now the Nathaniel MG Cup, reflecting the respective sponsorship deals, after four successive seasons of residing at Park Hall, the Welsh League Cup will have a new home for the twelve months after the next final.

Following Cardiff Metropolitan University FC’s victory at Connah’s Quay Nomads, the trophy will be heading down south. It’s just the actual destination that remains to be confirmed.

 

The Lifeline

With the game in extra time and The New Saints going 1-0 down, when Greg Draper stepped up to level the score from the penalty spot, we were given a lifeline.

No doubt most thought that the tide had turned and a TNS victory would follow. However, it wasn’t to be and the third – and crucial – goal fell to the home side.

 

The Last Time TNS FC Lost To Lower League Opposition

You have to go back to the 1994/1995 season, when playing under the village name of Llansantffraid we lost to Cefn Druids, who at the time were themselves outside of the promised land of Welsh football. Almost a quarter of a century ago, a number of our players weren’t even born then.

 

Full Credit To Cambrian & Clydach Vale BGC

As well as talking about The New Saints, let’s not forget our opponents. They battled well, never gave up and in the end earned their place in the final of the MG Nathaniel Cup. With four JD Welsh Premier League scalps on their way to the final – Barry Town United, Aberystwyth Town, Newtown AFC, and now The New Saints FC – there is no doubt about it, to have beaten those sides they fully deserve their big day out. Mwynhewch yr achlysur!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Stewart Bloor

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