Sunday, May 27, 2012

Hot favourites Saints won't take Druids for granted

DESPITE being firm favourites, The New Saints will take nothing for granted when they tackle Cefn Druids in Saturday’s Welsh Cup final at Bangor City's Nantporth Stadium (2pm).

Newly-crowned Welsh Premier champions, the Saints are hotly tipped to complete a famous league and cup double against the Ancients.
TNS last won the cup back in 2005, a year in which they also lifted the league crown, and have swept all before them in this season's competition, having reached the final without conceding a goal.
But they will be wary of the Druids who, despite playing in the second-tier Huws Gray Alliance, have already knocked out three Welsh Premier sides – Prestatyn, Aberystwyth and Airbus UK Broughton.
"We’ve had a very good season, but we now want to turn it into an excellent season by winning the Welsh Cup," says head coach Carl Darlington.
"We’ve not won the Welsh Cup since 2005 when we were the last side to achieve the double, so we are desperate to do it again.
"But we won’t underestimate Cefn Druids. Three times they have been written off and three times they have pulled off some excellent results. They fully deserve to be in the final and we will not be treating them lightly.
"If we take them for granted, we will be rolled over. Stranger things have happened, so we have to make sure our mentality is right. We will approach the game in the right manner, and no different to any other game.
"The players have worked hard to get here, they deserve their success and now we want to finish the job.
"Since winning the league, our focus has been on the cup and making it an excellent season for the club."
Photo: Ryan Fraughan was among the Saints' scorers in the 4-0 cup semi-final win over Bala Town.

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