Challenge Cup Semi Final Awaits The Blues

Port Talbot Town 3-1 TG Welshpool

Defenders Andy Boslem and Gary Bansor were both named in the starting line-up as manager Mark Jones again named a changed side for this Loosemores Solicitors Challenge Cup quarter-final. Captain Matthew Rees was named on the bench while Leigh De-Vulgt and Scott Barrow were both left out of the squad as Jones offerd his fringe players the chance to impress.

Technogroup Welshpool arrived under-strength with just two substitutes, midfielder George Hughes in goal and manager Huw Griffiths unavailable. Port Talbot started brightly and tested the visitors defence from the start and it was no surprise when Drew Fahiya latched onto a through ball from the back to slot the ball past Hughes for a well taken goal after just nine minutes. Welshpool offered little as Port Talbot dominated possession and used their pace in attack to cause the visitors problems at the back but it wasn’t until the 38th minute that their lead was extended when striker Martin Rose found himself in space inside the area and hit the back of the net from a cross from the right. Minutes later Port Talbot Town were awarded a penalty but Rose’s spot kick was superbly saved by the temporary goalkeeper.

Port Talbot came out for the second half in the same attacking vein and within two minutes of the re-start Liam McCreesh headed home from a free-kick to add to his recent goalscoring form. Port Talbot were now cruising to a place in the last four of the competition but some less than impressive defending from a corner on 64 minutes allowed Welshpool to score a consolation goal through Max Peate. Welshpool enjoyed a ten minute spell where they could have added a second but Port Talbot soon settled back into the game and could have extended their lead as Daniel Thomas and Drew Fahiya both came close before the final whistle.

27th October 2009 – www.welshpremier.com

Match Report

Port Talbot Town have made it through to the Semi-Finals with a 3-1 win over a depleted Welshpool who fielded midfielder George Hughes in goal. Drew Fahiya scored the opener on 9 minutes and strike partner Martin Rose made it 2-0 before the break. Liam McCreesh made it 3-0 two minutes after the interval. Defender Max Peate scored Welshpool’s consolation on 64 minutes.

Loosemores Solicitors Challenge Cup QF

Tuesday, 27th October 2009

at The GenQuip Stadium, Port Talbot

Port Talbot Town 3-1 TG Welshpool

Goalscorers

Port Talbot Town

Drew Fahiya (9)

Martin Rose (38)

Liam McCreesh (47)

Technogroup Welshpool

Max Peate (64)

Referee – Mr Neil Morgan

Port Talbot Town

Team – Lee Kendall, Andy Boslem, Lloyd Grist, Karl Lewis, Gary Bansor, Lee Surman, Lee John, Neil Thomas, Martin Rose, Liam McCreesh, Drew Fahiya

Subs – Daniel Thomas (rep Rose – 54), Matthew Rees (Unused), Gary Phillips (rep N.Thomas – 45)

Yellow Cards – None

Red Cards – None

Goalscorers – Drew Fahiya (9), Martin Rose (38), Liam McCreesh (47)

Technogroup Welshpool

Team – George Hughes, Martin Beattie, Arran Pritchard, Max Peate, Tim Edwards, Gareth Williams, Peter Doran, Joe Price, Carl Lamb, Adam Jenkins, Steffan Edwards

Subs – Mark Bloom (rep Jenkins – 85), Adam Knight (rep Price – 89)

Yellow Cards – None

Red Cards – None

Goalscorers – Max Peate (64)

Attendance – 159