CONNAH’S QUAY NOMADS made it through to the last 16 of the Welsh Cup on Saturday (Sept 25) as they beat Trefelin BGC 4-0 thanks to goals from Paulo Mendes, Declan Poole and a brace from Jamie Insall.
This game was history for the opposition as it was their first ever televised game. Although Trefelin gave a valiant effort, The Nomads ran away with the win with a 4-0 victory.
The early minutes of the match saw The Nomads enjoy a lot of possession down the left and right hand sides and these crosses were making the Trefelin defence work. Trefelin keeper Keenan Bailey was forced to make a couple of saves from low crosses met by Jamie Insall.
The impressive start from The Nomads paid off as Ryan Harrington played a fantastic through to number 10 Jamie Insall and he fired in off of the crossbar to smash home The Nomads’ first of the afternoon.
Trefelin defended brilliantly for the rest of the half as George Horan was denied from a looping header and Declan Poole nearly scored a thunderbolt to make it 2-0 before the break but was put behind for a corner.
So at half time, it was 1-0 to The Nomads who had dominated possession and after Jamie Insall’s exquisite finish, The Nomads certainly looked in the mood for a goal fest in the second half.
Early in the second half, Danny Holmes, who made his first appearance since the European game against FC Alashkert, was booked for a foul on the edge of the box. This was a return which is crucial to The Nomads as Danny Holmes can now come back and play to his full ability and we hope to see him play more and more.
In the 51st minute, The Nomads had a corner which resulted in a scrap in the box and there was Paulo Mendes to tap home for his first goal for The Nomads since signing in August 2021 to make it 2-0. This goal looked to put one foot in the fourth round for The Nomads as the enjoyment of possession was evidently present.
Ryan Harrington continued his fantastic display as he was putting in crosses, playing brilliant passes and was firing shots towards goal. In the 59th minute, he looked to fire a 25 yard strike into the back of the net but narrowly whistled over the top.
In the 65th minute, The Nomads secured their 3rd goal to make it 3-0 as Declan Poole collected the ball on the right hand side, cut inside and fired a beautiful left foot curler into the top corner to give The Nomads a deserved 3 goal lead over their opponents.
Danny Holmes was then subbed off in the 66th minute for Harrison Webster. This was due to Danny being on a yellow card and to not risk his value to this Nomads side.
In the 70th minute, The Nomads put the game to bed as Jamie Insall continued his outstanding scoring run as a cross from the substitute Webster was nodded in by Insall. This gave Insall 5 goals in his last 2 games.
Returning to the side was Jamie Mullan and he came on a sub for goalscorer Paulo Mendes early in the second half. Mullan played a lovely pass and go with Curran but was denied by Trefelin goalkeeper Keenan Bailey.
So this was a comfortable 4-0 victory for The Nomads and they have their place in the fourth round of the JD Welsh Cup. Huge mention to Trefelin for their efforts and we wish them the best of luck for the season.
The Nomads now face another trip to south Wales next Saturday as we return to JD Cymru Premier action as we face Haverfordwest County who also progressed in the Welsh Cup thanks to a 2-1 victory over Airbus.
Match report by Adam Angerer