Date: Sat 01 Mar 2014

Welsh Cup | Quarter-Final Round Up

TNS, Bala Town, Aberystwyth Town and Holywell Town have all booked their places in Monday's draw for the semi-final of the Welsh Cup. The draw will be held at St Davids Hotel in Cardiff and will be streamed live on the FAW website at approximately 12 noon.

The New Saints 2-0 Airbus UK Broughton (F/T)

TNS booked their place in the semi-final with a tough 2-0 win in front of the live cameras at Park Hall.

The sides reached half-time goalless at Park Hall, but both sides had great chances to take the lead. Mike Wilde had the best opportunity for the 2012 Champions but his shot rattled the post and five minutes before the break, Sam Hart headed against the bar from a corner.

The Saints took the lead with ten minutes remaining when winger Jamie Mullan cut the ball back for Wilde, who coolly slotted in from close range.

In the 90th minute, man of the match Sam Finley scored the second for the Saints to secure the win.

TNS: Paul Harrison (C), Chris Marriott, Phil Baker, Kai Edwards, Aeron Edwards, Sam Finley, Chris Seargeant, Jamie Mullan, Mike Wilde, Alex Darlington (Matty Williams, 87'), Chris Jones

Subs not used: Greg Draper, Lee Fowler, Conall Rawlinson, Aeron Simms

Airbus UK Broughton: James Coates, Lee Owens, Sam Hart, Michael Pearson, Ian Kearney, Tom Field, Ashley Williams, James Owen (Jason Oswell, 87'), Chris Budrys, Steve Jones, Ryan Wade (Steve Abbott, 83')
Subs not used: Phil Bolland, Michael Roddy, Aeron Hassall

Aberystwyth Town 2-1 Caersws (F/T)

Caersws took a surprise lead at Park Avenue when they capitalised on Cledan Davies' carelessness at the back before Adam Jenkins slotted home on 11 minutes. The lead didn't last long though, as advancing full-back Antonio Corbisiero, was brought down in the box two minutes later, for Chris Venables to slot home from the spot.

Ex-Caersws man Venables looked a real danger pushing forward and he twice brought the best out of Dave Jones in the Bluebirds' goal. He also found the net with a fine far-post volley midway through the first-half, but he was ruled offside by assistant referee Rob Jenkins.

The hosts took the lead four minutes after the break when Geoff Kellaway tapped in at the far-post from a Craig Williams cross across the face of the goal.

Aberystwyth Town: Mike Lewis, Wyn Thomas, Antonio Corbisiero, Stuart Jones, Chris Venables, Mark Jones (Luke Sherbon, 77'), Geoff Kellaway, Cledan Davies, Bari Morgan (Sion James, 58'), Craig Williams, Tom Shaw (Rhydian Davies, 90+3)
Subs: Kaloyan Ivanov, Jamie Butler

Caersws: Dave Jones, Jake Parr, Jack Hughes, Paul Grant, Tom Richards, Graham Jones (c), Iwan Lewis, Ian Probert, Graham Evans, Mark Griffiths, Adam Jenkins
Subs: James Coleman, Drew Reynolds, Sam Williams, George Clarke, Kris Williams (GK)

Holywell Town 2-1 CPD Porthmadog (F/T)

Holywell Town, the lowest ranked side left in the competition, have qualified for the Semi Final with a last-gasp win over Porthmadog of the Huws Gray Alliance.

Sam Jones scored on 35 minutes for the Wellmen to give the Welsh Alliance side the lead, but they were unable to sustain this advantage until the break, as Leon Newell equalised two minutes before the interval after home 'keeper Danny Stanton could only parry Jon Owen's shot.

In a dramatic climax to the game, the side who play at level 3 of the pyramid, scored an 89th minute winner through Dafydd Griffith amidst scenes of jubilation for the Wellmen.

Holywell Town: Danny Stanton, Paul D Williams (c), Graeme Williams, Tom McElmeel, Dafydd Griffith, Mark Orme, Paul Williams, Tony Roebuck, Phil Lloyd, Sam Jones, Steve Thomas
Subs: Barry Calder, Matthew Roberts, Graham Boylan, Sion McHugh, Luke Tyson

Porthmadog: Richard Harvey, Gareth Jones Evans, Josh Banks, Ceri James, Josh Stadiniki, Dilan Lomas, Rob Evans, Leon Newell, Carl Owen, Jon Owen, Eilir Edwards
Subs: Paul Lewis, Craig Paparnik, Gareth Parry, Gareth Barker (GK)

Aberdare Town 1-2 Bala Town (F/T)


Bala Town became the first team to book their place in the semi-final of the Welsh Cup with a hard-fought victory at Aberdare Town.

The Welsh Premier League side took the lead in the 27th minute when Ian Sheridan created well down the left, before passing to Marc Connolly who finished clinically.

The Lakesiders led 1-0 at the break, but the Welsh League side equalised just before the hour and against the run of play. Former Llanelli striker Sam Small capitalised on a mistake from Tony Davies on the wing and his low-struck shot beat Ashley Morris to make it 1-1.

Connolly, who won the cup in 2005/06 with Rhyl, lobbed Aberdare 'keeper Thomas Bradley, following a superb through ball to beat the offside trap, which proved to be the winner.

With six minutes to go, former Port Talbot and Neath forward Richard French was sent-off following a poor challenge on sub Sean Thornton as Aberdare's chances of another Welsh Premier League scalp ended.

Aberdare Town: Thomas Bradley, Lewis Hitchcock, Richard Evans, Scott Woodford (Shaun Chapel, 87'), Aaron Jewell, Jordan Coles, Jamie Bradford, Lewis Holder, Sam Small, Richard French, Mitchel Lineham (Sam Danby, 75')
Subs not used: Gareth Jones, Phil Clarke, James Turner

Bala Town: Ashley Morris, Stuart Jones, Ryan Valentine, Dave Morley (Sean Thornton, 62'), Tony Davies, Conall Murtagh, Marc Connolly, Mark Jones, Steve Brown, Ian Sheridan, Kieran Smith
Subs not used: Matthew Boswell, Danny Collins, Steffan Edwards, Chris Mason