The New Saints Lift The 2016 JD Welsh Cup – A Trip Down Memory Lane

The grand finale of the 2015/2016 campaign saw The New Saints take on Airbus UK Broughton in the JD Welsh Cup final. The game, on May 2, 2016, was played at Wrexham AFC’s Racecourse Ground.

Having lifted the trophy for the two previous seasons, manager, Craig Harrison, was looking to make it a hat-trick of victories. Firstly though, the holders had to beat his former side, and with the Wingmakers one of the domestic challengers to The New Saints at that time, that was no easy task.

Airbus went into the final without having conceded a goal – and having four clean sheets to their name – courtesy of wins against Haverfordwest County (2-0), Guilsfield (3-0), Bala Town (3-0) and Port Talbot Town (7-0).

The New Saints’ path to the final was equally impressive, with victories against Aberystwyth Town (3-0), Barry Town United (5-2), Newtown AFC (1-0) and gap Connah’s Quay (5-0).

Something had to give though, and in the end it was The New Saints who lifted the trophy, and in the process making it a hat-trick of domestic silverware for the second season on the bounce.

It was a close opening half an hour though, with both sides looking confident. However, it was the ‘away’ team that broke the deadlock in the 33rd minute. A Chris Seargeant corner was knocked on by Aeron Edwards with Ryan Brobbel putting the ball away from close range.

The game was put beyond Airbus’ reach just six minutes into the second-half, when Scott Quigley slotted home to make it 2-0.

 

The lead image is the promotional poster for the game, signed by The New Saints’ players.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Stewart Bloor

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