Tonight it's the Nathaniel MG Cup as TNS take on Flint Town United.
Five changes from Saturday's win at Carmarthen Town. pic.twitter.com/oHZlI2y5xQ
— The New Saints FC (@tnsfc) October 3, 2017
Substitutions: Callum Jones for Hudson (46), Bower for Parry (62), Kaye for Brobbel (80)
Goals: Brobbel (61), Darlington (25, 34), Draper (32, 76)
The holders of the Nathaniel MG Cup – The New Saints of Oswestry Town – began their defence of the trophy in style on Tuesday evening.
Taking on Flint Town United in the second round of the competition, a convincing 5-1 victory saw the holders progress into the quarter-finals.
Certainly the busier of the two keepers on the night, Bulmer was called into action as early as the fourth minute. Shooting from inside the box, Brobbel saw his goal-bound effort denied, as the man in green pulled off a good save, diving to his right.
Four minutes later, the ex-Airbus, Connah’s Quay and Rhyl stopper denied Parry, as he was again in the thick of the action, pushing a shot away to his right.
The resultant corner saw Roberts have a go at goal, with another great save, this time to his left as TNS won another corner.
Although The New Saints dominated proceedings, the Silkmen almost took a shock lead just past the halfway stage in the first half, as Hooper shot from inside the box. Great work from the Saints’ goalkeeper and captain Paul Harrison though – with two saves within seconds of each other – denied Flint.
The pressure from the visitors eventually paid off when Darlington, capitalising on an error, gave TNS the lead with a shot from inside the penalty area 1-0
The lead was doubled seven minutes later as New Zealand international, Greg Draper, fired past the keeper. 2-0
Darlington grabbed his second on 34, as he fired past Bulmer from just outside the box on TNS’ left. 3-0
The second half began with Callum Jones replacing Blaine Hudson, as Scott Ruscoe re-organised the back four, with the impressive Ben Clark dropping into a central defensive position alongside Ryan Leak.
As well as Jones making his senior TNS debut, Harry Bower and Lewis Kaye also came on in the second period, as Ruscoe gave three debuts to youngsters who have impressed at Park Hall in the Professional Phase squad.
It was the home side who pulled one back though, with twelve minutes of the second half gone. The on-loan Leak conceded a penalty that was tucked away by Richie Foulkes to give the Deesiders a lifeline. 3-1
With the next goal being crucial, it was Brobbel who restored TNS’ three-goal cushion. Fed by Draper, his shot from inside the box found the back of the net. 4-1
With less than a quarter of an hour to go, Bower was involved in a move that eventually saw Draper grab his second of the game, as the holders cruised into the last eight of the competition. 5-1
The lead photograph is courtesy of our official photographer, Brian Jones. You can view other shots from the game via the album on our Facebook page HERE
|3rd October 2017||7:45 pm||Nathaniel MG Cup||2017 - 2018|
|Flint Town United||1|
|The New Saints FC||5|