The TNS line-up for today's Irn-Bru Cup QF game.
Holland, Mullan and Spender in from last week's game.
Darlington, Mullan and Seargeant drop to the bench. pic.twitter.com/ib4jNQew2T
— The New Saints FC (@tnsfc) November 12, 2017
The New Saints of Oswestry Town this afternoon beat Queen of the South 4-3 on penalties, following a classic end-to-end encounter that was a credit to both sides.
Early in the game the lively Mullan hit the bar, with Draper finding the net in the 11th minute only for the assistant referee to raise his flag for offside.
With 18 gone, it was the Doonhamers turn to go agonisingly close as 48-times capped Scotland international, James McFadden, saw his chip hit Harrison’s bar.
A Brobbel free-kick found Rawlinson’s head, only for Martin to be the man in the right place at the right time, as he denied the TNS centre half.
Looking to make amends for his earlier disallowed effort, Draper found himself in the box, only for his shot to go straight into the arms of the man in pink, Alan Martin.
With the game at the one-third stage – as far as normal time was concerned – great work down the left from Brobbel saw his cross pass over the pack in the box as TNS continued to push forward.
It was anything but one-way traffic though, and five minutes later good work from McFadden and Dobbie saw the visitors go close.
Within three minutes of the second period, Routledge shot at Martin from the edge of the box. A corner from Brobbel found Edwards, only for his header to go over.
With fifty two minutes gone, McFadden saw his curled shot go just wide of Harrison’s right post.
Both sides continued to create opportunities – with Spender and Draper both attempting to break the deadlock for TNS – but as the referee blew on 90 minutes, it was extra time that awaited both sides.
In the first period opportunity knocked for the experienced Dobbie, but his effort was wide of the keeper’s left post.
The second period saw both sides continue to try and get that all-important goal, with Spender shooting straight at Martin for the home side and McFadden, Dobbie and Jacobs all going close for the visitors.
As referee Raymond Crangle called a halt to the game after two hours of open-play deadlock, it was the dreaded penalty shoot-out that was to finally separate the sides.
Penalty shoot-out sequence, as it happened:
TNS: Mullan penalty saved 0-0
QotS: Harrison saves to his right 0-0
TNS: Brobbel shoots over 0-0
QOTS: Miss 0-0
TNS: Seargeant scores 1-0
QotS: Scores 1-1
TNS: Darlington scores 2-1
QotS: Scores 2-2
TNS: Fletcher scores 3-2
QotS: Scores 3-3
TNS: Harrison scores 4-3
QotS: Harrison saves 4-3 and TNS progress!
Substitutions: Fletcher for Draper (71), Seargeant for Holland (107), Darlington for Edwards (116)
Yellow cards: Rawlinson (79), Fletcher (90)
|November 12, 2017||2:45 pm||IRN-BRU Cup||2017 - 2018|
|The New Saints FC||4|
|Queen of the South||3|