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CEN WALES SEN CUP
EUROPEAN CUP WINNERS CUP
FAW PREMIER CUP
UEFA CHAMPIONS LGE
Apr 13th 1996 at 14:30 Treflan
Total Network Solutions
3 - 1
WELSH CUP / Semi-Final, 2nd Leg
Striker Tommy Morgan (right) and winger Simon Abercrombie celebrate the second goal.
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EUROPE BECKONS AS SAINTS REACH FINAL
A RUMBUSTIOUS second half team performance ensured that Saints will be involved in the European Cup Winners Cup next season.
The hugely deserved victory in front of a large crowd was even sweeter when it was learned that runaway league leaders Barry Town had also reached the final, which leaves Europe beckoning for Llansantffraid.
Tommy Morgan gave what must have been his best performance of the season, scoring one goal and playing a major part in the two other Saints' goals to see off the vigorously unsubtle challenge from the South Walians.
Llansantffraid were well on top for much of the tie, and early on underlined their avowed intention of adding to their single goal lead from the first leg.
When full-back Whelan overlapped, Morgan announced that he was in sparkling form when he beat the keeper to a through ball but his shot flashed across the goal with no-one able to get a touch.
After several minutes of home pressure, it was a surprise when Inter Cardiff hit back to take the lead in 27 minutes with the second of two corners.
Wigley's kick was pulled back to the edge of the box where Sugrue headed on to the six-yard box and Dean Threlfall was, unaccountably, allowed to turn and fire past Mulliner.
Llansantffraid stepped up the pace in the second half and could not be denied for long.
From a Gary Evans corner Abercrombie headed down for ace marksman Tommy Morgan to fire crisply home from close range through the keeper's legs.
The visitors' goal had a miraculous escape seconds later when Morgan again beat the keeper to a clever pass but his goalbound shot was headed over his own crossbar by defender Terry Boyle.
Home keeper Mulliner had to be alert to throw himself at the feet of Inter substitute Robert Caldwell and received a kick in the eye for his pains.
But it must have been soothed somewhat as the Saints put the tie out of range with two precious strikes in a minute.
Full back Whelan overlapped to good effect all afternoon and pulled the ball back invitingly. Morgan's close range shot was partially blocked but Abercrombie followed up to smash the ball home.
Just a minute later a corner from the right was partially cleared but full back Gary Curtis, lurking on the edge of box, smashed in an unstoppable shot to seal the tie.
Inter's frustration bubbled to the surface and even tested the patience of lenient referee G. Lewis of Caersws who waved several yellow cards under the visitors' noses.
But the colour turned to red as Inter's Frank Nuttall was sent off for a later tackle which left lan Evans with an ankle injury and needing a stretcher to leave the field.
But that failed to dampen The Saints' celebrations at taking the tie 4-1 and when they went to the dressing room they learned they would be meeting the mighty Barry Town in the final.
Saints' manager Graham Breeze's post-match comments on his way to a celebration drink at the clubhouse were predictable. "It's been a tremendous performance by the players - a great day for the club and also for soccer in Mid-Wales.
"It's unbelievable to think this club were playing in Montgomeryshire League soccer just six years ago. It just goes to show what can be done with discipline and dedication."
G D Lewis (Caersws)
Dean Threlfall (21)
Caldwell -> Williams (33)
Johnson -> Sugrue (53)
Page -> Price (76)
Frank Nuttall (90)
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