Saints Book JD Welsh Cup Final Place – The New Saints 2-0 Barry Town United

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Match Report

Goals: Draper (56), Mullan (90+1)
Substitutions: Ebbe for Draper (80), Cieslewicz for Brobbel (90+3)

The New Saints booked their place in the final of the JD Welsh Cup with a 2-0 victory against Barry Town United at Latham Park.

Second-half goals from Greg Draper and Jamie Mullan were enough to see Scott Ruscoe’s emerge victorious against a strong Barry side, booking a Welsh Cup final appearance for the first time since 2017.

First-half

It was a lively start from The Saints and they should’ve been ahead with seven minutes on the clock. A Ryan Brobbel corner was flicked on towards the back post, but there was no one there in a green and white shirt to convert.

Soon after, Scott Ruscoe’s side did have the ball in the back of the net. A well-worked Brobbel free-kick was headed on by Blaine Hudson and Chris Marriott tapped in at the back post. The assistant referee was flagging however, and the goal was disallowed.

TNS continued to press and Brobbel stung the palms of Barry goalkeeper Michael Lewis from 25 yards out with 18 on the clock. The ‘keeper did well to block the effort, but could only parry the ball back into the path of Aeron Edwards.

The Wales C international couldn’t keep his effort on target though, and his header dropped harmlessly wide of the post.

And The Saints were almost made to pay for their missed chances. Kayne McLaggon did brilliantly to beat his man, before unleashing a fierce strike towards goal. His effort flew past Paul Harrison, before striking the crossbar. A let off for TNS.

At the other end, Robbie Patten was called into action as he prevented Greg Draper from opening the scoring. The ball was headed in the direction of the New Zealand international at the back post by Hudson and the Barry number six did well to nick the ball away.

Second-half

Aeron Edwards had a golden chance to give his side an early second-half lead with 53 minutes played. After the ball was headed down into his path by Greg Draper, he went through one-on-one with Michael Lewis. He couldn’t keep the effort down though and failed to hit the target, seeing it go sailing over the bar.

The miss didn’t prove to be a costly one, and four minutes later, TNS did eventually get themselves in front. A cross from the left fell at the feet of Greg Draper in the middle of the penalty area and the JD Welsh Premier League’s leading goal scorer lashed home expertly from eight yards out. 1-0.

Scott Ruscoe’s side showed no sign of letting up and Routledge forced Lewis to palm his shot over the crossbar with 64 minutes gone, before Tom Holland made a brilliantly timed sliding challenge to bring a stop to a Barry counter-attack.

There was a late scare for TNS however, in the 83rd minute, as Jonathan Hood’s snapshot struck the post – the second time in the game that Barry had hit the woodwork.

Barry were made to rue their late missed chance in stoppage time, as Jamie Mullan wrapped up the win. Having missed a great chance just a minute earlier, the number 14 made no mistake the second time around, as he coolly tapped home Brobbel’s cross at the back post, making the score 2-0, and sending The Saints through to May’s final.

Details

Date Time League Season
30th March 2019 7:30 pm JD Welsh Cup 2018 – 2019

Ground

Latham Park
The Club House, Park Ln, Newtown SY16 1EN, UK

Results

ClubGoals
The New Saints FC2
Barry Town United0

The New Saints FC

1Paul Harrison Goalkeeper
3Chris Marriott Defender
4Tom Holland Midfielder
6Jon Routledge Midfielder
8Ryan Brobbel 11 Midfielder
9Greg Draper 17 Forward
10Danny Redmond Midfielder
11Adrian Cieslewicz 8 Forward
12Blaine Hudson Defender
14Jamie Mullan Forward
17Dean Ebbe 9 Forward
22Kane Lewis Defender
23Aeron Edwards Midfielder