Substitution: Farleigh on for Cole (68)
Shropshire Senior Cup Final – Sponsored by SCS
As the sun began to drop in the late evening sky, The New Saints and Shawbury United went head-to-head in the Shropshire Senior Cup Final. From our vantage point in the new press box at Whitchurch Alport’s Yockings Park ground, TNS were kicking from left to right.
A lively start for both sides saw Shawbury take the lead on 7 minutes. Armstrong made his way into the box, set himself up nicely and slotting the ball past Wycherley, giving the young keeper no chance.
It was Shawbury who continued to create chances, with a corner on 12 ending in a free-kick to TNS and a free-kick on the edge of the box three minutes later also coming to nothing, although Wycherley did fumble before the ball was cleared.
The first yellow card of the evening went to Holland for a foul on TNS’ right. As the half developed, it was Shawbury who continued to take the game to the Welsh champions, as Hudson cleared, following an attack down the right.
It was the ex-Cambridge United defender in action at the other end four minutes later, as he headed over after a corner.
Following an incident with the keeper, it was Darlington who went into the book just past the one-third stage of the game.
As the half drew to a close, efforts from Shawbury’s Armstrong and Thomas and Cieslewicz, Darlington and Seargeant for The Saints, all failed to produce the goal that both sides were going for.
As the second period began, it was TNS who created the first real opportunity as Cieslewicz broke down the left, managing to get his shot in but saved by Ballard in the Shawbury goal.
On 49 minutes, Tom Holland received his marching orders for a second yellow following a foul. TNS were down to 10-men and trailing on the night.
Both sides created chances during the second period, with Draper scooping over from close-range following a corner and two long-range efforts from Seargeant and Parry that were cleared and hit the bar respectively.
With four-added minutes though, the Champions of Wales were unable to grab that vital goal, and as the final whistle blew, it was the blue and white of Shawbury that celebrated.
|26th July 2017||7:45 pm||Shropshire Senior Cup||2017 - 2018|
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