League Cup - Jags knock-out high flying Div 1 Tigers
...with an outstanding against-the-odds performance
Newport Jags bounced back from a first league defeat to record an outstanding win over top Div 1 opposition, Roman Rangers Tigers. Playing up a year in Div 2, it was a formidable 1st Round Cup draw that saw the Jags pitched against a team lying 3rd in Div 1, with only a single defeat this year. The odds were further stacked against the Jags, who were forced to turn out with no subs, while Roman Rangers arrived at Willen Rd with a 16 strong squad. Early exchanges showed Tigers class with quick movement and fluid passing. However, Jags rode the early storm and it was the home team that opened the score with a superb long range strike. Good chances then fell at both ends, but it was Tigers who struck next to level the score. However, any fears that the young Jags might succumb to their higher ranked opponents were dispelled as the lead was restored just before half time. The 2nd half saw determined play from both teams and Tigers levelled again. Opposition joy was very short-lived though, as Jags almost immediately struck back with their 3rd. Despite no replacements available and some clearly tired legs, Jags reputation for strong 2nd half performances was again confirmed as they were unrelenting in challenging for every ball, increasingly dominated play and ultimately netted a 4th. The final whistle brought the curtain down on a truly memorable cup upset and secured the Jags their biggest scalp of the season. A great game, well contested and a classy end-of-match response from the Tigers coach, going onto the pitch to shake the hand of every Jags player. Notable mention for Dylan who scored all 4 goals, but a truly outstanding all round 100% team effort - with coaches Kierran and Scott declaring every single player their “man of the match”.