Another Comfortable Nathaniel MG Cup Victory – Llandudno FC 0-5 The New Saints

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Match Report

Goals: Redmond (26, 39), Clark (44), Seargeant (49), Hmami (79)
Substitutions: Hmami for Brobbel (46), Draper for Redmond (62)

The New Saints booked their place in the semi-final of the Nathaniel MG Cup with a comfortable 5-0 victory over Llandudno.

Two goals from Danny Redmond, along with individual strikes from Ben Clark, Chris Seargeant and Josh Hmami ensured that Scott Ruscoe’s side made safe passage into tomorrow evening’s draw.

First-half

It was the home side who could’ve found themselves in front inside the first minute. Toby Jones went close with an effort fired just wide of the right post, which would’ve given Llandudno a dream start to the game.

Iwan Williams’ side continued to push for the opener. George Harry spun with the ball in the box, before firing a snapshot, which deflected just wide of Connor Roberts’ goal.

The score was eventually broken after 26 minutes. Danny Redmond was the beneficiary of a good cross from Kurtis Byrne, meeting the ball in the middle of the box with his head, and giving his side the go-ahead goal.

It was following the TNS goal that Llandudno heads began to drop. A quiet period followed in the next 10 minutes before the Saints grabbed their second goal and it was Redmond again who was on hand.

Dean Ebbe did well to pick out the number 10 in space through a crowded group of players, and Redmond made no mistake in slotting the ball past the goalkeeper. 2-0.

Not to be outdone by his central midfield partner, Ben Clark decided to get in on the act. It was Ebbe again who provided the assist, picking out Clark in the centre of the penalty area, who showed great composure to finish the shot first time and make the score 3-0 at the interval.

Second-half

Making just the one change at the break, seeing Josh Hmami replace Ryan Brobbel, The Saints began the second-half the same way they ended the first.

Just four minutes after the kick-off, Chris Seargeant picked out Simon Spender on the edge of the box with a fantastic through ball. Spender, playing in the unfamiliar role of left-back, fed the ball back to Seargeant for the midfielder to finish an effort first time to the bottom right of the goalkeeper. 4-0.

Seargeant continued to look lively as the half progressed. After being teed up by Kurtis Byrne, the number seven brought a good save from the goalkeeper, with a driven effort after 59 minutes.

It was substitute Josh Hmami who rounded off the scoring with 79 minutes gone. He met a corner from the right, heading the ball towards the back of the net, and despite protests that it failed to cross the line from the home players, the referee pointed towards the centre circle. 5-0.

The New Saints now await their fate tomorrow evening’s open semi-final draw, where Scott Ruscoe’s side could come up against any one of Connah’s Quay Nomads, Cardiff Metropolitan University or Cambrian and Clydach as they look to lift the trophy for the fifth consecutive season.

Details

Date Time League Season
October 30, 2018 7:45 pm Nathaniel MG Cup 2018 – 2019

Ground

Maesdu Park
Builder St W, Llandudno LL30, UK

Results

ClubGoals
Llandudno FC0
The New Saints FC5

The New Saints FC

2Simon Spender Defender
5Ben Cabango Defender
7Christian Seargeant Midfielder
8Ryan Brobbel 18 Midfielder
9Greg Draper 10 Forward
10Danny Redmond 9 Midfielder
18Josh Hmami 8 Midfielder
19Ben Clark Midfielder
20Joash Nembhard Defender
21Kurtis Byrne Forward
25Connor Roberts Goalkeeper
17Dean Ebbe Forward
22Kane Lewis Defender