Dean Ebbe’s Day, As The New Saints Comfortably Reach The JD Welsh Cup Semi-Final


Match Report

Goals: Ebbe (9, 18, 31, 38) Redmond (53), Byrne (90)
Substitutions: Nembhard for Brobbel (76), Byrne for Ebbe (76), Harrington for Spender (77)

Match report by Sam Wood

It was Dean Ebbe’s day at Park Hall, with the Irish striker scoring four times, as The New Saints booked their place in the semi-final of the JD Welsh Cup with ease.

With all of his goals coming in the first-half, The Saints had a resounding lead at the break, and not only did Scott Ruscoe’s side comfortably see out the result, they strengthened their position in the second 45.

Having failed to win in any of their three previous fixtures, The Saints manager couldn’t have asked for a better start, as he side took the lead with just nine minutes on the clock.

It started on the left with Aeron Edwards, whose pinpoint cross found the head of Dean Ebbe in the penalty area. On the stretch, the number seven got an excellent connection onto the ball and left Dave Roberts rooted to the spot with a header. 1-0.

The Robins were finding it hard to contain TNS in the opening stages and a Chris Marriott free-free-kick bounced around in the area and seemed to be causing problems. It was a good recovery by the defence though, as they scrambled the ball to safety.

In the 18th minute however, Saints fans were celebrating again, and it was familiar goalscorer in Dean Ebbe. This time, the ball fell kindly to the number seven on the edge of the penalty area and he made no mistake, as he smashed a volley into the back of the net. 2-0.

Down the other end, Newtown went close when Alex Fletcher dispossessed Chris Marriott, but Paul Harrison was able to watch the effort go comfortably wide of the post.

And with 31 minutes played, Dean Ebbe helped himself to a hat-trick! Collecting the ball on the edge of the box, he drilled a strike into the far corner, leaving Roberts with no chance, despite his best efforts, and suddenly, The Saints were cruising. 3-0.

That wasn’t the end of Ebbe’s goalscoring action though, as sensationally, he grabbed a fourth goal seven minutes later. Again with his head, he met a cross by Jamie Mullan this time around to continue his impressive first-half display and give his side a resounding lead going into the break.

It was a better start to the second-half for the visitors than it was the first, as they gave themselves a lifeline with 52 minutes played. A cross from the left was met in the middle by Joe Kenton, and the Newtown number 11 pulled off a smart finish, as his effort went in off the post. 4-1.

However, that joy was extremely short lived, as The New Saints restored their four goal advantage just a minute later. Goalscorer turned provider this time around, as Ebbe teed up Redmond with a header, and the number 10 found the top corner with a superb volley from outside the box. 5-1.

As the match wore on, Scott Ruscoe made a triple substitution, with Ryan Harrington, Joash Nembhard and Kurtis Byrne replacing Simon Spender, Ryan Brobbel and Dean Ebbe.

It was Adrian Cieslewicz who went closest to extending the lead though, as he looked to curl an effort into the far corner of the goal. He was unlucky, as the shot fell just the wrong side of the post, before the Polish winger headed wide with another effort shortly after.

However, with just a minute to play, Dave Roberts was eventually beaten once more and it was substitute, Kurtis Byrne, who rounded of the scoring.

It was great vision from Cieslewicz, who spotted the striker in space in the penalty area, and the former Linfield man converted from close range with a deft flick, to cap a fantastic afternoon for his side.


Date Time
29th February 2020 2:30 pm


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The New Saints FC

1Paul Harrison Goalkeeper
2Simon Spender 24 Defender
3Chris Marriott Defender
7Dean Ebbe 21 Forward
8Ryan Brobbel 20 Midfielder
10Danny Redmond Midfielder
11Adrian Cieslewicz Forward
12Blaine Hudson Defender
14Jamie Mullan Forward
20Joash Nembhard 8 Defender
21Kurtis Byrne 7 Forward
24Ryan Harrington 2 Defender