Welsh Cup: Holyhead Hotspur 1 Welshpool 5
WELSHPOOL are playing down their prospects of winning the Welsh Cup, despite reaching the semi-finals for the first time.
Manager Tommi Morgan, a cup-winner as a player with Llansantffraid back in 1996, said: "Llanelli are still very much involved and they are full-timers."
Welshpool’s boss admitted being relieved to get through this potentially tricky quarter final tie at Holyhead against battling opponents from the Cymru Alliance.
He said: "Perhaps the 5-1 score flattered us a bit but we got off to a good start, scoring twice in the opening quarter, and that took the sting out of the game for a while, although Holyhead got a cracking goal.
"At the beginning of the second half, we bagged a couple more goals quickly to take charge again but the conditions were far from easy."
Holyhead’s counterpart Campbell Harrison, who has nurtured a promising squad of youngsters on their longest cup adventure, was left not in the best of moods.
He said: "We are disappointed, especially because we felt we did not get the rub of the green and the referee gave us very little.
"When we pulled the score back to 2-1 at half time, Welshpool were rocking but then their third goal was offside and the fourth came after one of their players bundled our James Parry aside."
"Overall, though, Welshpool were the better side and more organised but the 5-1 scoreline was unfair to our lads for their efforts
Match referee Mike Jones of Wrexham ordered Harrison from the dug-out towards the end for uttering some unwelcome comments.
Spurs’ best moment was their 36th minute goal from Mike Edwards, who defied an angle on the right to thump a lofted 20-yarder past Welshpool’s keeper, Gerard McGuigan.
But a combination of Welshpool’s finishing flair and Holyhead’s defensive frailties resulted in considerable damage being inflicted at the other end.
The locals’ dream began to fade with Welshpool’s initial burst when Wayne Evans scored from 15 yards and Richard Harris from the edge of the box.
Although Edwards’ superb effort on the half-hour revived Holyhead’s hopes, Welshpool struck again after the break, through Harris on 52 minutes and Calvin Davies on 55, with Davies adding the fifth goal on 81.