Welsh Cup match report

FAW Welsh Cup Round 4
Sat 28 Jan 2012 / Park Hall
The New Saints
Newport County
Connell Rawlinson 15'
Alex Darlington 19'
Greg Draper 26'
Craig Jones 43'
Saints cruise past the Exiles
TNS v NewportWITH Newport also in Blue Square Premier action at Gateshead, manager Justin Edinburgh sent an inexperienced squad to Oswestry and they were despatched by four first-half goals.
The visitors could have drawn first blood when Myron Khan volleyed over the bar from a corner in the second minute, but a double salvo from the Saints virtually ended the game as a contest.
Scott Ruscoe's corner was drilled back into the box and defender Connell Rawlinson stabbed home from close range past keeper Danny Potter.
And, just four minutes later, Luke Holden's flag kick was returned into the box by Craig Jones for Alex Darlington to finish.
Greg Draper added a superb third on 26 minutes with a 25-yard volley and Jones hit an equally exquisite effort into the top corner two minutes before the break.
TNS dropped down a couple of gears in the second half with next week's game against Neath in mind and had little difficulty holding their visitors at bay, with sub Ryan Fraughan, Nicky Ward and Fraughan again all close to increasing the goal tally.
Photo: Greg Draper gets a shot away for the Saints.
The New Saints
Newport County
Paul Harrison
Simon Spender
Chris Marriott
Steve Evans
Connell Rawlinson
Barry Hogan
Scott Ruscoe
Luke Holden
Greg Draper
Alex Darlington
Craig Jones
Danny Potter
James Harmer
Paul Morgan
Joe Thomas
Tom Miller
Lee Evans
Kristian Fielding
Troy Greening
Myron Khan
Ryan Newman
Felino Jardim
Ryan Fraughan > Greg Draper 46'
Phil Baker > Steve Evans 65'
Nicky Ward > Craig Jones 65'
Alex Ramsay
Aeron Edwards
85' Nathan Williams > Myron Khan
90' Dan Compton > Kristian Fielding
Abdul Boulaiche
Lewis Phillips
Ryan Young
90' Harmer
Referee Mark Whitby
Attendance 278