More Saints Shootout Agony Means Defeat In The Nathaniel MG Cup

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Match Report

Goals: Byrne (77)

Match report: Sam Wood

Second division Bangor City stunned The New Saints with a 4-2 Nathaniel MG Cup penalty shootout win at the EuroGold Stadium.

Having controlled the match for large spells, Bangor took the lead shortly after the break through Simone Rea, before Kurtis Byrne pulled The Saints level 13 minutes from time.

Scott Ruscoe’s side were unable to find the winner in the time that ensued, meaning the match ended 1-1, and a penalty shootout – in which the host emerged victorious – was needed to settle things.

First-half

It was a composed start to the match from the home side and Paul Harrison was tested for the first time after just five minutes. After working space for a shot, Aldair Neto tried his luck from the edge of the area, but it was a comfortable one for The Saints keeper.

Soon after, it was the turn of Scott Ruscoe’s side to put Bangor under pressure. Attempting to pick out a teammate in the middle, Chris Marriott watched his cross from the left land on top of the crossbar, causing a scare for the home goalkeeper.

Bangor were playing some nice stuff and looked very composed in possession. Midfielder, Piero Cauterucci, was instrumental in that and almost caused problems with an overhead kick. He was unable to connect properly though and TNS scrambled the ball clear.

At the other end, Draper watched an effort go narrowly wide of Gabriele Brino’s right post, while good defending stopped Cieslewicz getting in on the left.

Second-half

Bangor continued their impressive display as the second-half got underway, maintaining their threat to The Saints defence, and grabbed a deserved lead in the 52nd minute.

A corner from the right was met by the head of Rea in the area, who beat Harrison at the near post, sparking celebrations amongst the home support.

And with an advantage to defend, Bangor changed their approach, bringing players back behind the ball, attempting to play on the counter.

It was to no detriment to their performance though, as their defence held firm against strong Saints’ pressure.

With 72 minutes played, Lucas Surber made a crucial, goal-saving challenge to deny Greg Draper inside the area, and you began to get the sense The Saints were moments way from an equaliser.

And just like that, Scott Ruscoe’s side were back on level terms five minutes later. A deft flick from Draper sent Kurtis Byrne away behind the defence, and the Irish striker made no mistake, as he beat Brino to find the far corner.

TNS kept up the pressure and had a golden chance to win the tie with 84 minutes on the clock. It was goalscorer Byrne involved once again, as he met a cross with his head, forcing a superb save from Brino who tipped it over the crossbar.

Penalties

For the second time in just over two weeks, penalties were need to determine the winner of a Saints cup tie. And as with Stenhousemuir a couple of weeks ago, the kicks from the spot weren’t kind to Scott Ruscoe’s side.

Both Greg Draper and Chris Marriott failed to convert their efforts, with Bangor seeing four effort successfully find the back of the net, meaning it was they who advanced to round three to take on Bala Town.

TNS  – Draper (saved)
Bangor – Sammartino (scored)
TNS – Harrison (scored)
Bangor – Serafino (scored)
TNS – Cieslewicz (scored)
Bangor – Gozzerini (scored)
TNS – Marriott (missed)
Bangor – Surber (scored)

Bangor City win 4-2 on penalties

Details

Date Time League Season
24th September 2019 7:45 pm Nathaniel MG Cup 2019 - 2020

Ground

EuroGold Stadium
Woodside, Holyhead Rd, Bangor LL57 2HQ, UK

Results

ClubGoals
Bangor City1
The New Saints FC1

The New Saints FC

1Paul Harrison Goalkeeper
3Chris Marriott Defender
6Jon Routledge Midfielder
9Greg Draper Forward
11Adrian Cieslewicz Forward
12Blaine Hudson Defender
21Kurtis Byrne Forward
22Kane Lewis Defender
23Aeron Edwards Midfielder
24Ryan Harrington Defender
32Billy Whitehouse Midfielder