Draper On Fire As Saints Surge Into Semi-Finals – Llandudno FC 1-8 The New Saints FC

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Match Report

Goals: Draper (4, 32, 54, 60, 64), Routledge (43), Cieslewicz (57), Redmond (73)
Substitutions: Whitehouse for Mullan (45+2), Cieslewicz for Brobbel (46), Ebbe for Edwards (59)

The New Saints sailed into the semi-finals of the JD Welsh Cup with an 8-1 victory against Llandudno at Maesdu Park.

Greg Draper found the back of the net five times, with goals from Adrian Cieslewicz, Jon Routledge and Danny Redmond making the win The Saints’ biggest of the season.

A place in Monday’s draw now awaits for Scott Ruscoe’s side, as they reached the last four for the first time since 2017.

First-half

Just like Monday, it was another lightning start for The Saints. With just four minutes of the clock, birthday boy, Danny Redmond, picked out Greg Draper with a good ball and the New Zealand international made no mistake in firing his side into an early lead. 1-0.

It was the JD Welsh Premier League’s leading goal scorer who also got The Saints’ second. This time it was Jamie Mullan crossing from the right, picking out Draper on the edge of the six-yard-box. The number nine showed great technique to finish on the turn and give Scott Ruscoe’s side a comfortable grip of the tie. 2-0.

And things got even better just minutes before the half-time whistle. For the second time in a week, Jon Routledge got his name on the scoresheet. After good build-up on the edge of the box, the ball found its way to the number six, who took a touch, before sending a fantastic, curling strike past Shaun Pearson and into the top corner of the goal. 3-0.

Second-half

With the second-half about to get underway, the weather conditions took a turn for the worst. With heavy rain making an unwelcome visit alongside the strong winds, it became very difficult for football to be played.

With 52 minutes gone, the home side found a way back into the match. A corner from the right was productive for Llandudno, as Toby Jones was on hand in the penalty area to not only get a touch on the ball, but also divert it past Paul Harrison. 3-1.

If the home side and their fans thought the comeback was on, their optimism was short lived. Just two minutes later, The Saints restored their three-goal lead. It was Greg Draper again, as he brilliant beat the covering defender, before curling an effort into the far side of the goal, completing his hat-trick in the process.

And suddenly, The Saints became rampant. Half-time substitute, Adrian Cieslewicz, got in on the act, adding The Saints’ fifth goal in the 57th minute, and that was by no means the end of the scoring.

Not content with just the three goal, Greg Draper found the back of the net again. Once more collecting the ball on the edge of the box, the striker spun with it, before sending another great strike arrowing past Pearson and giving The Saints a 6-1 lead.

If Llandudno weren’t sick of the sight of Draper after that goal, they certainly would’ve been four minutes later, as he took his tally for the match to five goals and made it 7-1 in favour of Scott Ruscoe’s team.

The Saints’ rout was rounded off with 73 minutes on the clock, as Danny Redmond got himself in on the act. The number 10 sold the defender brilliantly, opening space for a shot, and he made no mistake as he sent his effort into the far corner of the goal. 8-1.

Details

Date Time League Season
2nd March 2019 2:30 pm JD Welsh Cup 2018 – 2019

Ground

Maesdu Park
Builder St W, Llandudno LL30, UK

Results

ClubGoals
Llandudno FC1
The New Saints FC8

The New Saints FC

1Paul Harrison Goalkeeper
3Chris Marriott Defender
6Jon Routledge Midfielder
8Ryan Brobbel 11 Midfielder
9Greg Draper Forward
10Danny Redmond Midfielder
14Jamie Mullan 32 Forward
22Kane Lewis Defender
23Aeron Edwards 17 Midfielder
11Adrian Cieslewicz 8 Forward
32Billy Whitehouse 14 Midfielder
17Dean Ebbe 23 Forward