Nathaniel MG Cup quarter finals
The New Saints 2-0 Caernarfon Town
Cofis manager Iwan Williams insisted on Monday that their surprise Huws Gray Cup defeat to Porthmadog mattered little compared to their only priority this season – a Huws Gray Alliance title and promotion to the Welsh Premier.
Even with the prospect of causing an upset against the holders of the Welsh League Cup, Williams felt defeat would be nothing too disastrous – although he admitted his preparation for facing the WPL champions was even more thorough than that for the Welsh Cup.
In the event, the hosts at Park Hall weren’t prepared to stray too much from the script. Chris Sergeant took the lead from the penalty spot in the fourth minute, although Caernarfon keeper Alex Murray managed to keep out some of the half-chance that peppered the rest of the first half.
The visitors began to find more of the ball after the break but an equaliser looked far from likely and it took Alex Darlington to finally score the Saints’ second with six minutes left to end after Cofi cup run.
The semis will see The New Saints face Gap Connah’s Quay, after their 2-0 derby win at Airbus UK. Cardiff Met, who beat last season’s finalists Barry Town United 2-0, will face Netwown, after their 2-0 victory at Carmarthen. The only deciding factor in Wednesday’s draw will be which teams get home advantage.
Caernarfon return to league action at home to Gresford Athletic this Saturday before Welsh Cup duty beckons again – they take on Berriew in the second round on Saturday 4th November.