Connah’s Quay Nomads 1-0 Bala Town FC
The Deeside Stadium
Connah’s Quay’s Scorer: Mike Wilde 43’
Last season’s JDWPL Runners Up welcomed The JD Welsh Cup winners to The Deeside Stadium for what is always a very close encounter between two evenly-matched teams, and this match proved no different as only one goal separated the two sides over the course of 90 minutes.
Former Nomad Les Davies, lining up for Colin Caton’s Bala Town tonight, proved to be problematic for his old teammates throughout, but it was his fellow forward Andrai Jones who had the first chance of the match, belting an effort goal-bound from 25 yards out, only for it to whistle inches wide of the post.
Davies and Jones then had a couple more half-chances of their own either saved by John Danby or blocked by the ever-committed Connah’s Quay defenders, before Matty Williams’ low shot for the home side was parried by Ashley Morris, only into the path of Mike Wilde who had his effort blocked to let Bala off the hook.
It became a very end-to-end game as halftime approached, before the home side were able to take advantage of the many crosses The Nomads were able to put into the box and Mike Wilde headed home with two minutes of the first half left to play to give Andy Morrison’s side a 1-0 lead.
Morris made a couple of big saves to start the second half as The Nomads picked up after the restart from where they left off, and Wilde threatened to add to his tally but was ultimately unable to do so. The chances kept on coming, particularly for Ryan Wignall who had a great opportunity blocked after an hour again by Morris to keep Bala’s deficit to the single goal.
A straight red card then followed for Wignall, to cap off a crazy spell of the game for the forward and send him for an early shower, and also leaving The Nomads to fight for their lead for almost half an hour with a numerical disadvantage. They did manage to hold out though, despite an onslaught from The Lakesiders, and secure a very valuable three points for Andy Morrison’s side.
The New Saints 4-0 Cefn Druids
Park Hall Stadium
The New Saints’ Scorers: Jamie Mullan 5’, Greg Draper 54’, Chris Seargeant 66’, Simon Spender 88’
Whenever you go to Park Hall, you want to weather the almost inevitable early storm you’re going to come up against in the form of the home side’s possession-based game, so you can imagine how disappointed Huw Griffiths will have been to see Scott Ruscoe’s side take the lead against Cefn Druids after just five minutes as the mercurial Jamie Mullan tucked home to make it 1-0.
The ship was steadied somewhat after that as Druids found their rhythm and gave the home side something to think about on occasion, and the score stayed at 1-0 going into the halftime interval, leaving Griffiths to further rue conceding that early goal.
Making the most of his opportunity to start the game for The New Saints this evening, Greg Draper was a handful for Druids to deal with throughout and he got on the scoresheet not long after the restart to again give the visitors a slightly disappointing start to the half as they found themselves 2-0 down within ten minutes of the restart.
Chris Seargeant converted a penalty soon afterwards for the home side to put the game beyond Druids at 3-0, before Simon Spender made it four with a handful of minutes to go in the game as The New Saints saw out a comfortable victory.