The first silverware of the season went back to Oswestry as The New Saints reclaimed the Word Cup by beating Denbigh Town (2-0) at Parc MBi Maesdu, Llandudno.
The New Saints clinched their 7th league cup title but the reds of Denbigh should be very proud of their performance, keeping the scoreline respectable after many had written them off before kick-off.
A crowd of over 1,000 were present to create a fantastic atmosphere as overwhelming underdogs, Denbigh Town hoped to cause one of the biggest ‘cupsets’ in Welsh football.
And although Gareth Thomas’ side were well drilled defensively, it wasn’t to be, as Chris Marriott’s delightful cross found Matty Williams who headed home to put TNS in front against his hometown club after 25 minutes.
A big blow for Denbigh at half-time was losing defender Tony Davies who’d suffered a dislocated shoulder during the first half but had managed to play on to the break.
13 minutes into the second half and TNS doubled their lead as Michael Wilde timed his run perfectly to get on the end of an Adrian Cieslewicz cross and head the ball past Denbigh keeper, Elliot Power,
Denbigh substitute, Paul Hart almost got on the scoresheet with a well taken volley but his effort flew over the bar.
But it was a quiet afernoon for The New Saints’ keeper and captain, Paul Harrison who wasn’t really troubled during the match, but was clearly delighted to get his hands back on the Word Cup trophy as the Oswestry side took the first step in securing the domestic treble for the second season running.
On this day in 1973 Trevor Hockey became the first Welsh international to be sent off.