Cardiff Metropolitan University 0-1 The New Saints
Jamie Mullan’s close range finish meant The New Saints won the Nathaniel MG Cup for the fourth year in a row in Aberystwyth.
It was a match in which the Saints dominated, and in truth the Welsh League leaders should have won by more.
They nearly went in front almost instantly, Connel Rawlinsons header from cleared off line.
The league leaders, who were without their top scorer Greg Draper, couldn’t profit off an excess of balls delivered by the likes of Jamie Mullen and Ryan Brobbel on the wings.
But Alex Darlington, who was deputising for Draper upfront, nearly scored. But he scooped Aeron Edwards’ shot over the bar.
Thus, Dan Spencers goal would’ve come completely against the run of play. Dylan Rees’ header along the line was picked up by Elliot Evans, before Evans played the ball across to Spencer who poked past Paul Harrison.
Nevertheless, Cardiff Met managed to weather the storm till half time.
And the Archers had the first opportunity of the second half. Spencer did well to put his defender under pressure prior to playing the ball inside to Will Evans, whose half volley is deflected for a corner.
The Saints really should’ve been ahead after 54 minutes, Simon Spender putting in a teasing ball but Darren Edwards kneed the ball over from all of two yards.
The New Saints were eventually ahead after the hour mark. Darlington held the ball up well before rolling it through to Mullen who swept the ball it into the roof of the net. 1-0.
Soon after, provider Darlington nearly scored the goal of the game, crashing a volley onto the post.
And with Aeron Edwards and Cullen coming close late on, it was clear there was only going to be one winner.
The New Saints will look to extend their 12 point lead at the top of the Welsh Premier league away to Cefn Druids next Friday, while Cardiff Met take on Aberystwyth at Cyncoed on Saturday in the Welsh Cup.