Friday, November 20, 2009
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Stalemate in League Cup semi-final

THE Loosemores League Cup semi-final is still wide open after a first leg draw between Port Talbot and TNS at the GenQuip Stadium.

Neither side was able to get on the scoresheet on Tuesday night, leaving everything to play for when the sides meet again at Park Hall next Wednesday (November 18).
Port Talbot made the better start with the pace of Daniel Thomas and Scott Barrow causing problems for the visiting defence.
But Aeron Edwards continued his fine run of form and was a constant problem for the Steelmen at the other end of the field.
Martin Rose had the best chance of the first-half as he found himself through on goal but his effort was saved by Paul Harrison.
The Saints responded after the break and began to take control, with Lee Kendall soon the busier of the two goalkeepers, pulling-off a fine save to tip a long range effort around the post midway through the second half.
Talbot mounted some sustained pressure in the final 15 minutes, but failed to create any clear-cut opportunities despite their possession.
The team coach was delayed on the way to the game by roadworks in Newtown, leading to a delayed kick-off and, to add insult to injury, a broken suspension led to a replacement bus which did not arrive back at Park Hall until nearly three o'clock in the morning.
In the other tie, Rhyl scored what could prove to be a crucial away goal on Deeside as they battled back from two goals down inside 32 minutes with 10-men, following a straight red card for defender George Horan.
Chris Herbert converted the resulting penalty after Craig Jones had put Connah's Quay ahead, but Marc Connolly's free-kick on 55 minutes gives Rhyl every chance in the home leg.

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