PENRHYNCOCH stunned The New Saints on Saturday (Aug 7) as they went through to the third round of the Nathaniel MG Cup.
The JD Cymru North side went into the game on the back of a 5-1 thumping away at Llangefni Town whereas the game for TNS was their first competitive one of the season.
The average age of the TNS squad that travelled to Cae Baker was 18, with just Connor Roberts the only non-teenager involved.
The starting line-up gave six players their first-team debuts, with the four on the bench also yet to play at that level.
The opening ten minutes saw The New Saints have the better of the possession, although neither keeper was tested.
The first real attempt on goal saw Leigh Jenkins pull off a great save, as he tipped Lewis Rees’ strike behind for a corner, with eighteen on the clock.
Thirteen minutes later, Tom Evans headed behind for a TNS corner, as the visitors looked to break the deadlock.
It wasn’t all one-way traffic, however, with the well-organised Roosters enjoying possession of their own.
A foul on Beau Cornish in the 38th minute, saw the free-kick into the box ending up in the net at the second attempt, but the Jake Canavan goal was disallowed for offside.
The deadlock was finally broken in the final minute of the opening forty-five though, as a foul inside the area by Morgan Daykin resulted in a penalty that was converted by Taylor Watts.
Just two minutes into the second period, the lead was doubled, as good work down the Penrhyncoch right, ended with Ifan Burrell converting from close range.
In the 58th minute, though, The New Saints were back in the game, when following a corner from the left, Cornish slotted home after a scramble in the area.
As the game entered the final third, Burrell shot just wide after making a good run down the Roosters’ right.
TNS pressure then forced Jenkins into another great save, as he denied Rhys Edwards at the near post.
With four minutes to go, the home side were reduced to ten men when substitute, Garmon Nutting, was shown a straight red for a lunge on Lewis Rees.
Although six additional minutes were played, The New Saints were unable to get the equaliser, and come the final whistle, it was the Cymru North side that progressed in the competition.
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