Welsh Cup match report

FAW Welsh Cup Round 3
Fri 5 Nov 2010 / The Airfield
Airbus UK Broughton
The New Saints
Carl Owen 20'
Andy Moran(p) 90'
Scorers 37' Alex Darlington
44' Craig Jones
50' Matty Williams
Williams sparks Saints into last 16
Airbus v TNSMATTY Williams sparked The New Saints to a 3-2 Bonfire Night away win at Airbus UK Broughton and a place in the last 16 of the Welsh Cup.
The Saints had struggled to establish themselves in the game during an opening half hour in which they fell behind in the 20th-minute, when Carl Owen took advantage of a defensive slip to fire into the far corner.
But Williams lit the blue touchpaper, first firing a shot just wide of the target before dispossessing Wrexham loanee defender Leon Clowes on the edge of the box to set-up Alex Darlington for the equaliser.
Just before half-time, Williams was again instrumental in the second goal, which was claimed by Craig Jones, and then added the third himself five minutes after the break when the Wingmakers failed to deal with a Richie Partridge cross.
In a performance which resembled a fireworks selection box - some sparkling moments and a few damp squibs - the Saints put themselves under unnecessary pressure during the second-half, relieved by breakaways in one of which Williams just failed to add a fourth with a header from a Partridge cross.
Chris Seargeant rattled the home crossbar with a 20-yard free-kick after a cynical foul on Williams and sub Craig Williams was hauled down in the box by keeper Callum Hawthorne only to be denied by a dubious offside decision.
But, in a repeat of the league clash earlier in the season, Airbus were awarded a late penalty, converted by Andy Moran, after Barry Hogan was adjudged to have fouled Mark Allen.
Only a few seconds of stoppage time remained, but referee Mark Petch prolonged the agony and the Saints desperately defended a corner before the whistle blew to signal their place in the fourth round.
Photo: Matty Williams challenges against Ryan Edwards and Carl Owen of Airbus.
Airbus UK Broughton
The New Saints
Callum Hawthorne
Matty Woodward
Ryan Edwards
Leon Clowes
Mark Allen
Ashley Williams
Phil Clarke
Danny Desormeaux
Nick Rushton
Carl Owen
Giovanni Feliciello
Paul Harrison
Phil Baker
Connell Rawlinson
Christian Seargeant
Barry Hogan
Scott Ruscoe
Aeron Edwards
Alex Darlington
Matty Williams
Richie Partridge
Craig Jones
Andy Moran - Phil Clarke 53'
Richie Dorman - Leon Clowes 71'
Paul McManus - Ashley Williams 83'
72' Matthew Berkeley - Alex Darlington
81' Craig Williams - Richie Partidge
Leon Clowes 48'
Ashley Williams 77'
87' Connell Rawlinson
Referee Mark Petch
Attendance 278