The Loosemore League Cup Final
Saturday 30th April 2011
Haverfordwest County AFC Vs The New Saints
The Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
As you can see from the previous months, we've gone into this game in an unbelievable run of form, and luckily there is only one first teamer currently out with injury. With morale sky-high and pretty much my entire first 11 available, I'm quietly confident of grabbing a second trophy of the season against struggling TNS. For the record, I've gone for a more attacking system than normal, pushing my trequartista up with the front two into a 4-3-3.
We've been on top from the first whistle, but plenty of opportunities missed. We do however have the lead, James Ashmore drilling home an 8th minute penalty.
Haverfordwest 1-0 TNS
The pattern of the game continued, us making chances and not being able to take them, and ultimately we were pegged back 5 minutes from time, when Neil MacKenzie drilled home to take the match to extra time.
Haverfordwest 1-1 TNS
It was more of the same in extra time, but finally we were able to take one of those chances. Laurence Gaughan powered in an Ashmore corner from close range, and we clung on to secure a second trophy of the season.
Haverfordwest 2-1 TNS
The Welsh Cup Final
Saturday 7th May 2011
Haverfordwest County AFC Vs Newtown AFC
The Gnoll, Neath
Plenty of tiredness going in to this one, and three players out injured. Having said that, I'm quite happy with what I have available, and so I have everything crossed we can clean up all the domestic trophies. I only managed one treble in my first career, so it'd be incredible if I can win it in my first year this time around. Tactically I'm going to stick to 4-3-1-2, but the main reason for this is the injuries to both Alan Lynch and Martin Reilly. Tommy Amos will partner Tim Hopkinson in attack, with Jack Christopher ready to come off the bench if required.
In a complete contrast to the league cup, we started very poorly and found ourselves behind after less than 60 seconds. Steffan Gaisie was left completely unmarked in the area and tucked his header in the corner. Newtown were largely on top for the entire first half, although we threatened a couple of times on the counter. A rethink required.
Haverfordwest 0-1 Newtown
Newtown again started the second half strongly, and got their rewards in the 61st minute as David Collins drilled in a scorcher. That left me with no option other than to go all out attack, and 11 minutes from time Tim Hopkinson gave us hope. Five minutes later I thought it was 2-2, but Tommy Amos was denied by the flag of the referee's assistant after drilling home a Murphy cross. Alas, it was not to be, and Newtown had won the Welsh Cup to go with their second place finish in the league. Gutted.
Haverfordwest 1-2 Newtown