Connah’s Quay Nomads 1 Cove Rangers 0

Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup
Saturday September 7, 2019
At Deeside Stadium

DANIEL Bakare’s late free kick was the only thing to separate the sides on a day where the players can be proud of the performance they put in during our first ever televised match. Our trip to Deeside also marked our first ever on Welsh soil. The strong start which both sides have made in their respective league campaigns showed early on as both sides looked to establish themselves on the game. We started brightly but the first chance fell to the Nomads on six minutes from a Woolfe free kick. Horan’s header was blocked before Stuart did well to hold the follow up from Bakare. Farquharson’s long throw ins were the sign of things to come throughout the 90 minutes with the direct style of the Nomads on show from the outset. The next few chances again fell to the Nomads as the defence had to deal with the constant aerial threat of Wilde. In the 24th minute, a long Farquharson throw fell to Wilde, who headed just wide of the right post. Likewise in the 29th minute, Wilde found space in the box and headed just wide from a Woolfe cross. The rest of the first half was played out without either team creating any clear cut chances with both sets of defenders kept on their toes throughout. Bakare’s corner in the 44th minute was the last real action of the first half before referee Tony Clarke blew for half time with the scores level at 0-0

The second half started as the first half began with both teams showing some good defensive discipline to keep the score locked at 0-0. In the 52nd minute some good work in midfield resulted in Glass shooting wide from 15 yards out. This was closely followed by our next chance through Harry Milne. A fine mazy run down the left showing close control under pressure from the Nomads defenders, his shot was blocked by Horan from eight yards as the deadlock looked set to be broken for the first time. On the hour mark, we continued to dominate and some good attacking play from Glass was not going unnoticed by the Nomads as Owen and Disney picked up bookings for cynical fouls as we looked to break away and open up the Nomads defence. Wignall and Insall replaced Owen and Woolfe as the Nomads looked to try and get a better foothold in the game as we were looking the more likely side to score at this point. Further pressure followed on the Nomads defence for the next 10 minutes as Masson had two efforts both going narrowly over the crossbar before our biggest chance of the game fell to Matty Smith. A neat through ball was picked up on the right side before he accelerated away from Roberts and smashed his shot off the post as it looked increasingly likely that we would take the lead. Nomads then responsed with Stuart blocking a low Farquharson drive from 20 yards out. Another chance came for the Nomads a minute later when Bakare showed good skill to take the ball to the byline and cut it back for Morris whose shot was expertly blocked by Stuart to prevent any kind of stramash with the box being heavily populated with Nomads attackers. The deadlock was finally broken in the 75th minute when it looked like Bakare was lining up a cross from the free kick near the byline, only to drive it low towards the near post which Stuart was unable to keep out and put the Nomads in the lead. We fought well in the last 10 minutes to try and find an equalizer but didn’t seem to be getting much help from the referee as the constant holding of our forwards was much to the frustration of Megginson who might have been lucky not to see himself pick up a second booking for a sliding challenge on Insall at the edge of the penalty area. Three additional minutes of injury time was signaled by the fourth official and we continued to press but couldn’t find the killer pass to bring the scores level and take the game into extra time. 2 minutes and 30 seconds into the additional time the referee blew for full time as we were on the attack to send the Nomads through to the next round of the competition where they went all the way to the final last season only to fall at the last hurdle to then Championship side Ross County.

CONNAH’S QUAY NOMADS: Brass, Disney (66), Farquharson, Holmes, Horan, Roberts, Owen (59), Morris, Woolfe (59), Wilde, Bakare
Subs: Merner, Wignall (59), Owens (66), Dool, Harrison, Insall (59), Poole.

COVE RANGERS: McKenzie, Milne, Scully, Ross, Strachan, Yule, Megginson, Masson, Higgins, Glass, Smith (81)
Subs: Scott (81), Redford, Redman, Brown, Demus

Referee: Tony Clarke