Clinical Bluebirds put on five-star display to reach quarter finals

Kieran Lewis is denied

Nathaniel MG Cup

 
 

Haverfordwest County 5 – Undy Athletic 0


Alaric Jones was sound in defenceHaverfordwest County secured a comfortable victory against Undy Athletic to progress to the quarter final of the Nathaniel MG Cup at the Bridge Meadow on Tuesday night.

The visitors from Monmouthshire play in the JD Cymru South, but it was the Cymru Premier League outfit who dominated this cup tie as they impressively bagged five goals without reply.

Mason Thomas-Jones and Alhagi Touray Sisay struck goals in the first period, whilst after the break Touray Sisay grabbed his second of the tie for the third, a Giles Thompson own goal brought up the fourth before Danny Williams added a fifth after earlier the striker had a header disallowed for offside.
 

Changes to starting line-up


After the Bluebirds’ first league win against Flint Town United last Saturday, the hosts came into this cup tie in confident mood, with  manager Wayne Jones making a few changes to his starting line-up. Elliot Scotcher made a welcome return and Danny Williams played up top with two-goal hero Alhagi Touray Sisay (who could have had a deserved hat-trick), plus Mason Thomas-Jones was added to the midfield whilst 17-year-old talented Academy product Iori Humphries was included on the bench for the first time.

The first whistle to the last saw the hosts dominate and Elliot Scotcher's goal bound shot struck teammate Ricky Watts before it thundered against the crossbar.

Sisay was in confident mood as his deflected shot went for a corner and minutes later the big man dinked over keeper Sam Burden but it narrowly missed the target after some good work by Ricky Watts and  Dylan Rees at the back, Mason Thomas-Jones and Scotcher.


Mason Jones-Thomas drilled in the opener
 

Good strike for opener


Thomas-Jones finally broke the deadlock after 24 minutes as he picked the ball up 30 yards out before he fired into the bottom left-hand corner.

Three minutes later the hosts went two-up; a swift counter-attack by Jack Wilson saw the wide man square the ball in the box for Sisay, who swept in from close range.

Then the lively Wilson’s teasing cross was met by Williams who headed inches wide and on stroke of half time Burden palmed Scotcher’s free kick wide.
 

Teenager Iori Humphreys came on for his Haverfordwest County debutTouray Sisay on target again


Five minutes after the break saw the hosts add a third as Touray Sisay made no mistake, the striker’s second goal of the tie.
 

Teenager Humphries handed senior debut


A double substitution saw Iori Humphries replacing Kieran Lewis in midfield just a day before his 18th birthday, manager Wayne Jones giving the talented teenager his home debut - also Kurtis Rees replaced Alaric Jones, who had a slight inury after so much good work down the left side in attack as well as defence.

Williams headed home from inside the box, but it was chalked off for offside, and on the hour mark the hosts bagged a fourth, when Wilson’s menacing cross was turned into his own net by Undy skipper Gyles Thompson.

Fawcett came on for the excellent Wilson and minutes later the Bluebirds grabbed the fifth when Danny Williams added his name to the score sheet.

It nicely rounded off a clinical performance when the Bluebirds might have had double figures, with  Wojciech Gajda not having to make a save but credit should go to the Undy team for the way that they battled hard throughout as skipper Giles Thompson, Kane Jellyman, Dan Jarman and James Barnes never gave up trying - and one of the loudest cheers of the night was reserved for their keeper Sam Burden as he cleared one moment of danger by beating two would-be attackers with his nifty footwork.
 

Elliot Scotcher turnsGaffer had his say...


Wayne Jones:
"I was pleased overall with our performance because it could have been a real banana skin to slip over, as we have done sometimes in the past. We rested a couple of key players and gave a chance to others and our work-rate was good again throughout.

"I know we could have scored more goals but at least we were creating chances throughout the full 90 minutes so now we move on to Broughton on Saturday with another cup match against Airbus and we will be looking to build on our wins in our last two matches."

Haverfordwest County: Wojciech Gajda, Dylan Rees (Captain), Jazz Richards, Alaric Jones (50, Kurtis Rees), Ricky Watts, Elliot Scotcher, Kieran Lewis (50, Iori Humphries), Mason Thomas-Jones, Danny Williams, Alhagi Touray Sisay, Jack Wilson (69, Ben Fawcett).
Unused substitute: Josh Legrice (GK).
 
Undy Athletic: Sam Burden, James. Gidney, Oliver Smith, Giles Thompson, Kane Jellyman, Dann Tozer, Tom Wright, James Barnes, Rhys Thomas, Gareth Cullimore, Dan Jarman.
Substitutes: Josh Fitton, Mattie Swann, Harry Mollard, Bradley Hanbury, Mark Crook.
Referee: Ryan Kenny
Assistants: Jordan Christopher & Cilan Thomas