The New Saints are through to the Irn Bru Cup semi final

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Sion Richards

Sion Richards

Sunday, 12 Nov 2017, 18:01

Scott Ruscoe’s men beat Queen of the South 4-3 on penalties to send the Welsh Premier League champions to the semi final of the SPFL Irn Bru Cup.

Paul Harrison is TNS’ hero of the day as the goalkeeper scored and saved Andrew Stirling’s final penalty to send the Welsh Premier League champions into the final four of the Irn Bru Cup.

The New Saints will join Dumbarton, Inverness Caledonian Thistle and The Crusaders of Northern Ireland in the semi final of the competition.

The semi final draw will take place on Tuesday the 14/11/17.

Although it was a goalless afternoon at Park Hall until the penalty shootout, it was an entertaining game of football between two good sides. James McFadden struck the cross bar in the first half before Greg Draper wasted a great opportunity for the home side, blazing a great opportunity over the crossbar in the second half.

After a goalless 90 minutes and extra time, the game proceeded into a penalty shootout. Both teams started as they had previously throughout the game missing their opening two attempts at goal. Trusted goalscorer Chris Seargeant opened the scoring for The New Saints before Alex Darlington and Wes Fletcher also found the net for the home side. Paul Harrison scored TNS’ final penalty before saving Queen of the South’s final attempt, with the home side securing a 4-3 win on penalties and a place in the semi final of the cup competition.