Brave Bluebirds cruelly lose out on penalties against nine-man Bridgend Street
Steff Williams scored a hat-trick, but still there was no place in final for unlucky Haverfordwest County
Welsh League Cup semi-final
Bridgend Street 5 – Haverfordwest County 5 – after extra time
(Bridgend Street wins on penalties)
Nine-man Bridgend Street won a titanic tussle with Haverfordwest County to reach the Welsh League Cup final after levelling on normal, extra time and then dramatically winning on penalties.
This semi-final had everything and was played at Penybont’s 3G pitch, there were ten goals in total, and three players received their marching orders, two from Bridgend Street and one from Haverfordwest County.
After 90 pulsating minutes it was 3-3, after extra time period it was 5-5, and then Bridgend Street won on penalties.
The Cardiff outfit from Splott, took the lead in the 31st
minute, earlier Steff Williams had an effort disallowed. The same man had a close range effort by the keeper brilliantly saved as Bridgend Street led 1-0 at half time.
Both teams had a player sent off; Bluebirds’ right back Matthew Broome received his marching orders in the 58th
Williams equalised following good work by Ricky Watts, and in the 70th
minute Williams pounced for his second of the game. Street keeper pulled off a stunning save to deny an Ashley Bevan header.
Then Bevan scores from a perfect Williams cross in the 83rd
minute as the Bluebirds go 3-1 ahead and the final within their sights.
But incredibly the outfit from Cardiff grabbed two goals in the space of a minute to force the tie into extra time.
In the first period of extra time Bridgend Street regained the lead, they were also down to nine men with another player sent for an early shower.
Bluebirds substitute Steff Davies equalised in the 104th
minute, and The Bluebirds went 5-4 up when Steff Williams strikes for his treble on the night.
But unbelievably Bridgend Street refused to lie down and in the 119th
minute they equalised from the spot to square matters as the final whistle blew. Now it’s down to the dreaded penalty shoot-out that Bridgend Street dramatically won and break the hearts of the brave Bluebirds.
James Gwilt; Matthew Broome; Sean Pemberton (captain); Ricky Watts; Antonio Facciuto; Greg Walters; Kieran O’Brien; Lee Hudgell; Steffan Williams; Rhys Dalling; Ashley Bevan. Substitutes: Spencer Williams; Kristian Speake; Nicky Palmer; Steff Davies.