Date: Tue 03 Oct 2017

#NathanielMGCup Round 2 Review | Nomads, TNS, Met, Barry, Newtown and Carmarthen all progress.

In a very busy week of Welsh football, tonight The Nathaniel MG Cup Second Round ties were all contested on a tantalising Tuesday night of action. Tomorrow’s draw for The Nathaniel MG Cup Quarter Finals takes place at noon, with Sgorio’s Dylan Ebenezer and Owain Tudur Jones taking part, but before then, find out who makes it into the pot for tomorrow’s draw!

Connah’s Quay Nomads 2-0 Bangor City
The Deeside Stadium
Connah’s Quay Scorer: Mike Wilde 89’, 90+2’

Well, there were some chances wasted in this game to say the least! A fairly sterile first half with both sides cancelling each other out in midfield and limiting each other to fairly ambitious efforts on goal absolutely transformed in the second period to some great attacking play and some great scoring opportunities being orchestrated by both sides in the last half hour.

Michael Bakare missed a chance to put the ball into an empty Bangor City net after 66 minutes to leave fans in attendance believing that extra time was almost sure to come, before George Harry and Cai Owen combined minutes later for Bangor to see the latter head inches wide, scuppering Bangor’s best chance of the game.

Ryan Wignall then broke clear down the flank and cut inside before sending a shot goal-bound, which flashed across the face of goal and out with some seven minutes of regular time remaining. Matty Owen then headed just wide soon afterwards to see The Nomads waste two good chances in the game’s closing stages, but the home side did make the breakthrough in the 89th minute as Mike Wilde headed home a Callum Morris cross to send Andy Morrison’s men into the lead.

The time constraints were tight on Bangor trying to get back into the game, but their task was made even more difficult as Morris continued his fine form by scoring a goal of his own in added time to make it 2-0 and seal The Nomads’ progress.

Flint Town United 1-5 The New Saints
Cae-y-Castell
Flint Town United Scorer: Richie Foulkes 58’
TNS Scorers: Alex Darlington 25’, 34’, Greg Draper 32’, 76’, Ryan Brobbel 61’

The New Saints have a trophy to defend, and tonight they showed just how much desire they have to do that as they steamrolled over Flint Town United with an emphatic victory.

It took 25 minutes for the first goal to be scored by the visitors’ Alex Darlington, but once Scott Ruscoe’s men were up and running the floodgates opened and The Nathaniel MG Cup holders added two more goals before the half was out with Darlington grabbing his brace and Greg Draper getting on the scoresheet too.

Richie Foulkes scored from the spot in the second half to give the home side a glimmer of hope by bringing the score back to 3-1, but Ryan Brobbel soon restored the visitors’ three-goal cushion after an hour and Draper grabbed his own brace with 15 minutes left on the clock to round out a superb victory for the holders.

Holyhead Hotspur 0-3 Caernarfon Town
The Oval
Caernarfon Town Scorers: Nathan Craig 25’, Jamie Breese 90+2’, Darren Thomas 90+5’

It’s always going to be a lively affair between these two sides, but perhaps this one meant even more to The Cofis than usual after Hotspur overcame Iwan Williams’ men in the league a few weeks ago to hand Caernarfon their only defeat of the season to date.

Club captain Nathan Craig opened the scoring for the visitors midway through the first half, but Hotspur regrouped well after going behind and a fierce battle ensued in the middle of the park as both sides recognised how crucial the next goal scored would be.

It didn’t come until second half injury time, but when it did, Caernarfon were the scorers as Jamie Breese made it 2-0 before Darren Thomas made the score 3-0 – much more convincing in terms of the score than it actually was as a game. Huge credit to Caernarfon though, who did very well to secure a tough result on the road.

Newtown 2-0 Holywell Town
Latham Park
Newtown AFC Scorers: Ryan Sears 61’, Luke Boundford 78’

An impeccable minute’s silence was observed before the game at Latham Park in memory of Holywell Town U19 player Liam Simpson who sadly passed away last weekend, and the visitors did very well on the night at Latham Park against a very good side.

It took an hour or so for The Robins to get going, but once they did it was down to Ryan Sears to get his first goal for Chris Hughes’ side and break the deadlock, making it 1-0 after 61 minutes.

Luke Boundford rounded out victory for Newtown by grabbing his team’s second goal in the closing stages of the game, as The Robins continued their strong cup run after victory over Bala Town at Maes Tegid in the last round. Can they overcome their next opponents, to be selected tomorrow at noon? Tune in to find out!

Aberystwyth Town 1-2 Airbus UK Broughton
Park Avenue
Aberystwyth Town Scorer: Ryan Wade 24’
Airbus UK Broughton Scorers: Leo Riley 42’, Alfons Fosu-Mensah 49’

Neville Powell’s men cannot catch a break at the moment!

Taking the lead in the game through Ryan Wade after 24 minutes was a huge positive for The Seasiders who are in desperate need of a result right now, but the home side couldn’t make it to halftime with their lead intact as former Llandudno forward Leo Riley evened the scores in the dying minutes of the first half.

Alfons Fosu-Mensah gave The Wingmakers the perfect start to the second half as he scored after just four minutes, and the home side never really recovered as Andy Thomas’ men comfortably saw out the win and progressed to the next round.

Barry Town United 4-2 Afan Lido
Jenner Park
Barry Town United Scorers: Macauley Southam 6’, Louis Gerrard 22’, 32’, Tyrrell Webbe 90’
Afan Lido Scorers: Mark Jones 11’, Josh Webber 90’

The Dragons are flying high right now, aren’t they? Fresh off the back of their 1-0 victory up at The Bangor University Stadium last weekend in The JDWPL, Gavin Chesterfield’s men will have gone into this clash with Afan Lido full of confidence, back at Jenner Park in front of their own fans.

Macauley Southam scored after half a dozen minutes to give the home side the perfect start too, before Mark Jones looked to have burst Barry’s bubble somewhat by responding with an equaliser after 11 minutes.

Louis Gerrard’s quickfire brace midway through the first half put Barry firmly back in control of the fixture, and they saw out their advantage right through to second half injury time, where Josh Webber cut the deficit to one and threatened to perhaps take the game to extra time, but Tyrrell Webbe bagged a goal with the last kick of the game to make it 4-2 and send the home side into the next round.

Cardiff Metropolitan 2-1 Pontypridd Town (AET)
Cyncoed Campus
Cardiff Met Scorer: Adam Roscrow 78’, 106’
Pontypridd Scorer: Danny Hooper 9’

It is very rare that The Students concede at home, never mind go behind in a game, but that is what happened in this fixture and how it stayed for the vast majority of it as Danny Hooper converted an early penalty for the home side to put Pontypridd 1-0 up.

Chances were frequent for the home side as they looked to respond to going a goal down, with a number of the home side’s usual suspects going close, and it was up to their top scorer Adam Roscrow to bag the equaliser after 78 minutes and force extra time.

The man himself got the crucial goal that put Christian Edwards’ men in front for the first time on the night immediately after the second half of extra time kicked off, and The Students saw out their slender advantage to make it into tomorrow’s draw.

Haverfordwest County 0-1 Carmarthen Town AFC (AET)
Bridge Meadow
Carmarthen Town Scorer: Liam Walsh 118’

A second win of the season for Carmarthen Town came in the very last moments of this clash which went to extra time as Liam Walsh secured victory in the last two minutes.

Last season’s Nathaniel MG Cup semi-finalists are now through to the last eight of the competition this year, but can they use this victory as a springboard, coupled with their return to Richmond Park, to improve their league form? Stay with us to find out!

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