MATCH REVIEW: Bridgend Street 1-0 Taffs Well
The visitors arrived in Tremorfa as big favourites not just due to League status but also an amazing League Cup record to boast, however it was the Street who triumphed as surprising 1-0 victors on Saturday.
The bumper crowd turned out with all the ingredients in place for an intense local derby, with several players having played for both clubs previously.
The first half began at a never relenting pace and early exchanges saw both keepers making impressive stops. Not many clear chances were created early doors with Street striker Nicky Davison going closest with a trademark volley tipped over the bar from twenty yards.
Street opened the scoring in first half stoppage time when a Jeff White shot-come-cross was fired in from close range by youngster Joel Croker.
Taffs Well came closest in the second half when former Street winger Mike Murphy saw his effort tipped onto the bar by Nicky King and bounce down on the goal line.
Street conceded a series of free kicks around the penalty area, most of which were spurnedby Leon Jeanne and the Wellmen looked to be lacking a genuine number nine. Street, in truth, should have extended their lead in the second half especially when another Street youth product Marcus Jones saw red for dissent for the visitors.
Player-manager Craig Dale, White and Davison all had chances to double the lead before the final whistle with Street looking good value for the win and clean sheet.
Cup holders Taffs Well exit the cup with the Splott based club Street looking forward to an April semi-final with another of the Welsh League big boys Caerau Ely, Haverfordwest or Llanelli all possible fixtures in the next round.
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