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SUPERSUB TONER FIRES SAINTS INTO FINAL
Port Talbot Town 0-1 Total Network Solutions
Welsh Cup Semi-final
Saturday 3 April 2004: Park Avenue, Aberystwyth

 
Talbot keeper Simon Rayner looks on in anguish as John Toner fires the 84th minute goal that takes Saints into the Welsh Cup final.
JOHN Toner's 84th minute strike sent TNS into their third Welsh Cup final after a titanic struggle at Aberystwyth's Park Avenue.
As an evenly-matched contest seemed headed for extra-time, substitute Toner dispossessed Robert Cockings before shooting against keeper Simon Rayner.
But the striker latched on to the rebound to fire home from six yards.
In many ways it was cruel on the south Wales side, who had given as good as they got all afternoon.
Talbot had been quick off the mark and it took a smart save by Saints' keeper Richard Acton to turn a Craig Hughes effort away for a corner.
Scott Ruscoe shot wide for TNS before Hughes spotted Acton off his line and tried a 30-yarder which was high and wide.
Martyn Naylor had a stinging 20-yarder saved by Rayner and then caused panic in the Talbot defence with a low cross, which was somehow cleared off the line.
Jamie Wood 'scored' on the stroke of half-time, but the goal was controversially ruled out for an infringement flagged by the linesman.
A scrappy second period went from end to end, with both sides failing to convert their opportunities.
But the goal sparked both attacks into life. Toner went close a minute later before Talbot mounted a last ditch effort which saw Martyn Naylor clear off the line and the excellent Allan Clarke hit the crossbar in the last seconds, although referee Brian Bevan had already blown for a foul.


Moran hat-trick in extra-time
Saints now meet Rhyl in the final, after the Lillies beat Cwmbran Town 4-2 in extra-time at Newtown.
Near monsoon conditions made for a scoreless first 90 minutes, but the scoring floodgates opened in the extra period, with leading scorer Andy Moran firing a hat-trick. Gary Powell added another, with Mike Fowler netting a brace for the Crows.
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