Aber Town lose out in Welsh Cup final

Aberystwyth_Town_FCABERYSTWYTH Town have failed to win a first Welsh Cup since 1900, losing 3-2 against The New Saints in the final at The Racecourse Ground in Wrexham.

Aber took an early lead through a Chris Venables double but were shell shocked late in the second half, as TNS came back to win. Two goals from New Zealand international Greg Draper and a winner from Wilde in the last three minutes sealed a win for the League Champions.

Aber took the lead in the 11th minute when Craig Williams floated in a free kick from the right hand side that was headed down by Stuart Jones right to the feet of Venables who made no mistakes. He smashed high into the net to send the Aber fans into pandemonium.

Just as Aber thought things couldn’t get any better they were two up within one minute. Mark Jones weaved into the box and was brought down under a clumsy challenge from Finley of TNS. Venables stepped up and dispatched an excellent penalty into the top right corner.

Aber had further chances in the second half but the quality of TNS showed. Relentless pressure finally paid off in the 73rd minute when a Peter Hoy handball resulted in a penalty kick. Draper made no mistakes from the spot.

Within six minutes Draper found himself alone in the sixth yard box following a whipped free kick, and smashed home his second. But it was Wilde who scored the goal of the game in the 87th minute, guiding a controlled shot past Mike Lewis to seal the win for TNS.

Aber pushed hard but couldn’t find a breakthrough and it is TNS who have sealed a league and cup double.