Connah’s Quay Nomads 2-1 Cefn Druids
The Deeside Stadium
Connah’s Quay Nomads Scorers: Callum Morris 75’, Michael Bakare 85’
Cefn Druids Scorer: Alec Mudimu 16
Michael Bakare grabs the late winner for nine-men Nomads (Photo: Nik Mesney/NCM Media)
It is fair to say that Huw Griffiths will not be a happy manager after his side collapsed late-on against The Nomads, who had been reduced to nine men, and scuppered a slender lead by conceding two goals in the final 15 minutes of the match.
Alec Mudimu had put the visiting Ancients ahead after quarter of an hour with his low strike from distance finding the bottom corner and giving Druids a 1-0 lead at the home of The Nomads.
Johnny Spittle had headed just wide prior to Mudimu’s opener, and it was another Nomads defender who went close to getting the opening goal for Andy Morrison’s side later in the half as George Horan’s header was cleared off the line after 43 minutes and Druids went into the break ahead.
A straight red card for Nomads midfielder Jay Owen, quickly followed by another dismissal for the home side’s captain George Horan, saw victory for Druids suddenly look much more likely, but Morrison’s men rallied as Callum Morris buried a penalty after 75 minutes to secure the equaliser, before Michael Bakare broke clear and made it 2-1 to the home side – a lead which The Nomads held onto to secure what at one point looked an incredibly unlikely win.
Newtown AFC 0-1 Aberystwyth Town
Aberystwyth Town Scorer: Joe Phillips 60’
Aberystwyth drew first blood in this dress rehearsal for next month’s JD Welsh Cup semi-final clash between the two sides as a Joe Phillips goal after an hour proved to be the only thing which could separate The Robins and Nev Powell’s Seasiders.
It was a game lacking on cutting edge at times, as the only chances of note in the first half came from Luke Boundford and Nick Rushton who sent tame efforts wide of the mark, whilst Aber’s biggest chance before the break came as The Robins failed to clear a corner taken by the visitors, but the threat of danger wasn’t very real.
The second half got off to a much more lively start, as Rushton beat two players and found Boundford in space, but the Newtown forward could only drag his shot wide of the Aberystwyth goal, in what was the first real opportunity of the match.
Boundford and Joe Phillips then exchanged opportunities for Newtown and Aberystwyth respectively, before the latter broke the deadlock after an hour when he cut in from the right flank and let a great shot fly into the back of the net for 1-0. John Owen should have wrapped up the victor for Aber late in the game but he wasted a great opportunity when one-on-one with the Newtown goalkeeper, however the visitors had enough to see out their slender advantage to fulltime.
Cardiff Met 1-1 The New Saints
Met Scorer: Eliot Evans 85’
TNS Scorer: Kevin Kauber 90+3
Eliot Evans opens the scoring for Met (Photo: Matthew Lofthouse)
Kevin Kauber denied Met their first victory over The New Saints as his injury time header cancelled out Eliot Evans' goal which looked to have won the game for the home side.
A physical first half had seen chances at a premium, Saints' Ryan Brobbel causing the Met defence to spring into action a few times and also forcing a save from Will Fuller.
Brobbel went close ten minutes into the second half, his low strike hitting the post having beaten Fuller. Steve Saunders then hit the bar from a corner as the visitors went in search of the win that would have moved them one step closer to a seventh title in a row.
Met though withstood the pressure, and grew into the game as the second half progressed. With five minutes to go, they looked to have snatched victory as Evans broke clear in the box to prod home Harry Owen's flick on.
Saints had other ideas though, and grabbed a point in the 93rd minute when Kauber nodded home at the back post after Saunders had headed a deep cross goalwards.