CUP THE NEW SAINTS 3-0 GAP CONNAH'S QUAY
Tue 23 Sep 2021 / Park Hall
from goal scorers Alex Darlington and John McKenna.
THE New Saints are virtually assured of a place in the quarter-finals of the Loosemores
League Cup thanks to youngsters John McKenna and Alex Darlington. The deadlock of a mundane game in front of
a meagre Park Hall crowd was finally broken after 69 minutes, when Nomads' keeper Chris Maxwell
punched a John Leah free-kick straight to McKenna, who fired his shot from the edge of the
Six minutes later, the outcome was settled as Darlington got the better of full-back Peter
Doran and his effort trickled agonisingly past Maxwell and over the line.
The hosts missed several chances to put the game to bed in the first-half against a
Quay outfit who held their own with Craig Davies prominent, without ever really troubling keeper
Ben Alston twice made last ditch clearances in the opening spell while John Toner just failed
to connect with a tantalising cross from Michael Wilde.
Saints looked better-balanced after the half-time introduction of Barry Hogan with Toner quickly
missing a clear-cut opportunity.
Nomads almost opened their account when Craig Garside's effort skimmed the bar, but McKenna
and Darlington ensured the win, with a late strike from Jamie Wood into the top corner the
icing on the cake.