Late goals galore in Nathaniel MG Cup

A second string City were delivered a double suckerpunch on Deeside that ended their League Cup interest in the second round.

Manager Kevin Nicholson was depending on his younger players to deliver a response to Saturday’s Welsh Premier defeat to Barry Town United, but opted to leave Dean Rittenberg on the bench until the last possible minute despite his four-goal salvo in the first round win over Denbigh.

The first half produced little from either side, save for Anthony Miley having his header from Cai Owen’s cross ruled out for offside. Danny Holmes and Michael Bakare went close after the break but only extra time was expected until Callum Morris set up Mike Wilde to nod in for the Nomads in the 89th minute.

The defence had already conceded defeat in stoppage time as Callum Morris broke clear and slotted home to send the Nomads into the last eight. Bangor are now able to concentrate on Saturday’s Gwynedd derby at Bala Town – but they’ll need to rediscover lost form.

The Huws Gray Alliance leaders are one of two teams from the Northern second tier to make the quarter finals. While Holyhead’s league fortunes have stuttered in the past few weeks, the Canaries continue to prove why they’re gunning for top flight status and maybe some silverware.

Few chances came along in the first half but Caernarfon can always count on Nathan Craig to find a way through, as he did after 25 minutes. The hosts maintained the pressure until they were finally beaten by Jamie Breese in the 93rd minute and Darren Thomas another two minutes later.

Caernarfon enter Wednesday’s midday draw before attention turns to their Welsh Cup opener against Lex Glyndwr on Saturday, while Holyhead make the trip to Denbigh Town.

The other second round results:
Aberystwyth Town 1-2 Airbus UK Broughton
Barry Town United 4-0 Afan Lido
Cardiff Met 2-1 Pontypridd Town (after extra time)
Flint Town United 1-5 The New Saints
Haverfordwest County 0-1 Carmarthen Town
Newtown 2-0 Holywell Town