Date: Sun 12 Nov 2017

#IRNBRUCUP Round Up

Harrison the hero again as Saints progress in shootout drama.

The New Saints 0-0 Queen of the South
Saints win 4-3 on penalties

The New Saints are through to the Semi-Finals of the Irn-Bru Cup for the second year running after a dramatic victory on penalties against Queen of the South.

In an enthralling cup tie at Park Hall, Paul Harrison was once again their cup hero, scoring the winning penalty before saving Andrew Stirling#s effort to send Saints through.

Both sides started well and had early chances, Jamie Mullen hitting the bar for Saints on 3’ and Paul Harrison being called into action a minute later, saving Kyle Jacobs’ shot after pushing a James McFadden cross away.

Saints had a few chances soon after, Edwards playing Mullen in behind on 10’ but his teasing cross went unmet. Saints had the ball in the net a moment later. They worked the ball back into the box as Routledge shot from 18 yards; Martin parried it to Edwards who squared to Draper to tap in but he was marginally offside.

The Doonhammers had the next chance, McFadden hitting the bar after trying to chip Harrison from 20 yards. Greg Draper then had a couple of half chances, heading a Brobbel free kick straight at Martin before doing likewise with a shot moments later.

McFadden had another couple of half chances just before the break but the teams went in level at half time. He also had the first chance after the restart, finding space on the edge of the box but curling wide.

Draper then had a great chance for the hosts but fired over, before Shaun Rooney went close for the visitors, Tom Holland having to clear his header off the line.

Connor Murray’s volley was then saved by Harrison, before Rooney fired over from 25 yards. Mullen then hit a shot straight at Martin, and neither side broke the deadlock in normal time.

Into extra time, former Swansea midfielder Scott Dobbie wasted a golden chance to score, poking wide after being played through by Jacobs. The visitors had the better of the opening extra period but couldn’t find the killer touch. They also had the better of the second half, McFadden with another great chance but somehow contriving to fire wide after finding space on the edge of the box.

No goals came and penalties was the result, and that continued into the shootout as the first four spot kicks were missed before Chris Seargeant scored. Darlington and Fletcher got Saints’ next two, but Jacobs, McFadden and Fordyce all converted to send the shootout to sudden death. Saints captain and ‘keeper Harrison scored, then saved Stirling's strike to become the hero yet again.

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