Date: Sat 12 Jan 2013

Town strike Gold in Shootout Win

Carmarthen win 3-1 on Penalties

Carmarthen celebrate (Kevin Hughes)

Carmarthen celebrate (Kevin Hughes)

Carmarthen Town won the inaugural Word Cup Final 3-1 on penaties after they shared six goals in a great Final at Latham Park.

Former Wales International Evans headed in after just seven minutes to get the Saints off to the perfect start, benefitting from the post to beat Steve Cann.

At the other end, another header from a defender, this time Town's Ian Hillier, hit the bar but didn't cross the line. The Old Gold were dealt a further blow shortly after as midfielder Paul Fowler, who was struggling before kick-off, had to be replaced by Corey Thomas on 22 minutes.

The next big chance was created by Mike Wilde, but he was denied by the near-post, as the exciting game went from end-to-end.

The equaliser came just three minutes before the break and Carmarthen deserved it. Simon Spender and Chris Seargeant failed to clear

Carmarthen celebrate (Kevin Hughes)

Carmarthen celebrate (Kevin Hughes)

their lines under pressure from Corey Thomas, and Hughes made them pay as his strike was deflected by Connal Rawlinson and Steve Evans to loop over Saints' skipper Paul Harrison.

After the break Wilde was again denied by the finest of margins when he ballooned the ball over the bar from a metre, but the Saints did take the lead shortly after to make amends. Sam Finley struck an excellent goal from over 20 metres with the outside of his boot, which again hit a post and ended in the back of the net on 58 minutes.

Town responded almost immediately though to once again restore parity on the hour. Ian Hillier's long throw wasn't cleared by Evans' header and sub Corey Thomas took advantage as he volleyed through a crowded penalty box to make it 2-2 just before the hour.

Mark Aizlewood's team took the lead for the first time and it was the sub Thomas who scored his second with a clinical strike from 12 yards into the top corner.

The Saints made changes to rescue the Final and Ryan Fraughan and Chris Jones were both brought off the bench. The equaliser then came six minutes from the end, as Wilde did well to win a header against Matthew Rees and he followed up with a second header to beat Cann in dramatic style, which sent the game to extra-time.

Carmarthen boss Mark Aizlewood celebrates (Kevin Hughes)

Carmarthen boss Mark Aizlewood celebrates (Kevin Hughes)

In extra-time, Aeron Edwards went closest as his shot shaved the post, but there were no further goals in the first half of added time. In the second-half of extra-time, the Saints had the ball in the back of the net, but it was ruled out by referee Nick Pratt and the match went to Penalties. They were as follows;

Penalties

Carmarthen: Hicks, saved, 0-0
TNS: Fraughan, missed, 0-0
Carmarthen: Corey Thomas, scored, 1-0
TNS: Darlington, scored, 1-1
Carmarthen: Liam Thomas, scored, 2-1
TNS: Seargeant, missed, 2-1
Carmarthen: Hanford, scored, 3-1
TNS: Harrison, saved, 3-1

Carmarthen win 3-1 on penalties.