|13/02/2016||1:45 pm||Sam Cornish Cup||2015/16|
An excellent team performance saw the Exiles through into the Sam Cornish Cup Quarter-Final on Saturday with a convincing victory against Cardiff Hibernian 2nds. For the second time this season, Exiles won 5-2 away against Hibs but this time did not have the luxury of a bench to call apon, with resources stretched due to injury and unavailability and the rules regarding the cup-tying of players.
Exiles began with two debutants including Tom Overs in goal and Mike Temple at the heart of defence alongside Matt Davies and Captain Will Brown as a back three. Overs and the defensive trio put in an admiral defensive performance, with one sloppy opening goal the only blight. In midfield a returning James Naik who became the record appearance holder making his fortieth Exiles appearance. Naik played alongside full debutant Scott Phillips and Dan Poole in the number ten role. The flanks saw Josh Peacock in an unfamiliar right wing-back position with Iolo Tomlinson on the left and striking partners Will Eastwood and Rory Wigmore up front.
As previously mentioned, a sloppy opening goal was conceded in the first-half, with Hibs starting the stronger but when the goal did come it was actually against the run of play. Exiles however, continued to attack and got their reward with two goals before half-time.
Scoring a third after the break, Exiles were outdone by a good goal from a Hibs attacking midfielder who had been a thorn in the side of the team, with the swerve of the strike and the sticky ground causing Overs to concede the second. Exiles however, continued to attack and with the game getting more stretched with the Hibs bench coming on they got their reward with two goals towards the end, with fifth capping an excellent Man of the Match display for Scott Phillips. Overall, the team will be very pleased with their performance and should be commended on winning the tie with no substitutes.
The Exiles however will be very pleased with their result and particularly with winning a cup match for the first time. Exiles will find out their opponents in the Quarter-Finals shortly.