JD SPORTS WELSH CUP FINAL @ GLYNDWR UNIVERSITY RACECOURSE STADIUM
3 MAY 2016 --- 4.15PM
|JD SPORTS FAW WELSH CUP WINNERS TNS FC|
|THE STAGE IS SET|
Here goes then, so having attended the previous two seasons finals I was eager to attend this years but with a late kick off for the purposes of Sgorio S4C live match coverage it would mean a late return at just before midnight to base station and due to a delay on the last of four trains on the homeward bound journey it was after midnight and so can claim a 2 day trip, just!
Departure from home station saw a part first class carriage reduced to standard ticket accommodation so I enjoyed a relaxing and fairly quiet journey to Manchester and with arrival at 1140 there was a comfortable 15 minute change over time in place. Arriva Trains Wales provided a 2 carriage train heading towards Llandudno and by a few stops in it was getting pretty full with the obligatory child testing the sound barrier thanks to their scream volume control being set to high.
Grateful for a further on time arrival at Chester there was a comfortable connection onto the Holyhead-Chester-Maesteg, that's one heck of a journey. First stop for the blog brought us to Wrexham General and the shortest of walks to 'The Racecourse'. The lovely thing about the ground is its has old style massive floodlights and yes and its a lovely ground inside just a real shame the old terracing has been decommissioned this is a ground that I guess in the old days rocked for the big games.
Build up to the kick off which was about 75 minutes away was further enhanced by catching up with Gilbert Woolley Media and Communications Officer at TNS and I have to say a big 'thank you' for your help in making this game a special one for me, cheers mate!
|TNS MANAGER CRAIG HARRISON DEEP IN THOUGHT|
|AIRBUS DEEP IN DISCUSSION WITH MANAGER ANDY PREECE [LEFT]|
|QUALITY BLOGGER CLINT FROM THE 94TH MINUTE|
|REFEREE BRYN MARKHAM JONES TRIES TO FIND WHO HAS KEPT THE COIN|
|AIRBUS BROUGHTON UK FC|
|THE NEW SAINTS OF OSWESTRY FC|
|TONY GRAY AIRBUS FC|
The second period started as the first Airbus on the attack and early on Ian Kearney headed over before TNS were clinical again. A bad pass selection from Airbus allowed TNS to dispossess them and it was Edwards again who was prominent in both goals he fed Adrian Cieslewicz he got a shot away which tooked a cruel deflection into the path of the in running Quigley who fired home to make it 2-0 to TNS after 51 minutes. Cue wild celebrations from the big striker and TNS and you really guessed it was game over but to the great credit of Airbus they tried to mount further attacks but found no luck Tony Gray fired over and close range shots found a blocking defender.
|CONNELL RAWLINSON TNS FC|
When referee Bryn Markham Jones blew the final whistle TNS could celebrate their remarkable treble this season and of course their double treble for the last two seasons.
|TNS CHAIRMAN MIKE HARRIS [RIGHT] CELEBRATES WITH IAN WILLIAMS|
|MAN OF THE MATCH RYAN BROBBEL TNS FC|
But it was worth it to see the happiness that still goes with winning trophies. At this point though its only fair to take a moment to say well played to Airbus, Andy Preece and their players who had given this final a really good go and its so tough to see players contribute so much and then have to witness the celebrating around them.
|RAIN, HAIL OR CHAMPAGNE CRAIG HARRISON WITH FAW WELSH CUP|
|TNS FC CAPTAIN PAUL HARRISON|
|CONFIRMATION OF THE FINAL SCORE|
Having arrived on platform 5 just before 2315 there was a decision to make the 2321 was running 20 minutes late so off I popped to 1b for the 2337. Just as it approaching this service gets transferred to platform 5b where upon arriving there the previous train was still in situ so it end up on platform 5a. But having settled into the seat the train manager then has to announce the train can clearly not pull through the platform, it goes the 'wrong' long way round as the last service, and would have to shunt out of the platform to get to 1b where it should have been in the first place but this cannot happen with passengers on board so disgruntled travellers disembarked. Quick spot then that the delayed 2321 is now in on platform 2 so I decided to board this and of course this is delayed as the train shunting out is blocking its path.
I finally arrive back at base station at 0004 and after a relax to recall another superb day [days] out at football in Wales it was time to get some rest.
Errors spelling or likewise will be amended in due course as I gain my composure after this long day!
|ARRIVA TRAINS ARRIVES FOR THE LAST LEG TO WREXHAM|