Welsh Cup match report

FAW Welsh Cup Round 6
Sat 9 Apr 2011 / Park Avenue
The New Saints
Llanelli AFC
Scorers 84' Chris Venables
Venables seals Reds' final spot
Llanelli v TNSA CHRIS Venables goal six minutes from time put Llanelli into the final, while ending The New Saints’ dreams of an historic treble.
The midfielder broke the deadlock at Park Avenue, pouncing on a stray pass from Jamie Wood to play a one-two with Jordan Follows before beating keeper Paul Harrison from 12 yards.
Neither of the Welsh Premier’s two in-form sides had been unable to produce a telling blow, although Kris Thomas spurned a good opening in the first half, firing over at the back post.
But the Saints looked more likely to score after the break, with Craig Jones lobbing wide of the target from a long Harrison clearance and then inches wide of a post from a Chris Seargeant corner.
But the best chance came shortly before Llanelli's goal, when a Scott Ruscoe cross eluded the Reds' defence only for Jones to sky his six-yard effort over the goal with only keeper Ashley Morris to beat.
Veteran Reds' player-manager Andy Legg had been the busiest man on the pitch with a succession of long throws down the line and into the box.
TNS had dealt admirably with the threat until they cleared the 44-year-old's 84th-minute effort only as far as Venables, who settled the contest.
Photo: Llanelli's Wyn Thomas looks on as Craig Jones goes close for TNS.
The New Saints
Llanelli AFC
Paul Harrison
Danny Holmes
Phil Baker
Tommy Holmes
Scott Ruscoe
Chris Sharp,
Matty Williams
Craig Jones
Chris Seargeant
Aeron Edwards
Matthew Berkeley
Ashley Morris
Kris Thomas
Chris Venables
Stuart Jones
Wyn Thomas
Jason Bowen
Antonio Corbisiero
Rhys Griffiths
Craig Moses
Andy Legg
Ashley Evans
Jamie Wood > Matthew Berkeley 77'
Connell Rawlinson > Tommy Holmes 85'
John McKenna
Marcus Giglio
73' Jordan Follows > Craig Moses
Craig Richards
Martyn Giles
Ross Jones
Ryan Batley
Scott Ruscoe 90'
6' Rhys Griffiths
14' Andy Legg
Referee Kevin Morgan
Attendance 179