TNS into semis as Lido self-destruct
AFAN Lido eventually self-destructed in a bad-tempered affair which ended with TNS duly booking their place in the Welsh Cup’s last four for the second year running.
But after giving a good account of themselves for the first hour, the south Walians will rue the second-half indiscipline which saw them finish the game with nine men.
The visitors had dominated the early exchanges, with Liam McCreesh just denied at the far post and they almost took the lead when Sacha Walters lobbed Gerard Doherty from 30 yards, only for the ball to bounce in front of goal and onto the crossbar.
The TNS breakthrough came 10 minutes before the break when Barry Hogan put in Marc Lloyd-Williams. Brian Thomas got down to save but the ball ballooned to the far post for Mike Wilde to head into an empty net.
Eight minutes later Saints went further ahead thanks to the same combination, Wilde squaring past a beaten Thomas to give Lloyd-Williams the easiest finish.
After a period of second-half stalemate, Lido got back into the game when McCreesh crossed for Chris Piper to sweep the ball into the net from eight yards.
But any chance of a fightback soon disappeared in red mist, after Martin Naylor was controversially booked for diving after being brought down.
In the ensuing melee, Carl Evans lashed out and received his marching orders, followed immediately by keeper Thomas for foul and abusive language.
John Leah then hit a post and the crossbar with successive efforts, while stand-in stopper Phil Holmes made a brave save from Lloyd-Williams.
But the inevitable goal arrived when Wilde hit a post and the ball flew to Jamie Wood who netted from a narrow angle.
After Holmes had again done well to deny substitute Toner, the frontman beat Greg Hurley along the byline and crossed for Wilde to complete the scoring with a near post finish in the last minute.