Shortwood crash out at Merthyr
Red Insure Cup 1st Round
Merthyr Town 4 Shortwood United 1
FA Cup heroes Shortwood crashed out of the Red Insure Cup at Merthyr, writes Jim Cunneen.
This was the first competitive match on Merthyr’s new 3G pitch.
Twice in the first five minutes hot-shot striker Duncan Culley forced his way through into identical positions – the first time he shot wildly into the side netting and the second he fired against the body of the keeper when a cross to the unmarked veteran Andy Hoskins would have been the better option. Within a minute Shortwood were behind when Traylor ran through and scored with a delightful curler.
If that was a good goal Town’s second after 35 minutes was even more spectacular. True Shortwood stood off and allowed Paul Keddle far too much room but his strike from 30 yards flew into the net.
Axton came on to replace Darren Mann before the break who had picked up a knock and Parrott and Hoskins were replaced at half time by Slack and Pritchett.
Both sides continued to push the ball about well but it was Town who extended their lead with another terrific strike after 73 minutes.
Morgan blasted a free-kick home from outside the box that thudded in just inside the junction of post and bar. When Brown turned a cross into his own net just two minutes later Merthyr’s goal scoring had finished.
Shortwood finally got the goal they deserved after 77 minutes when Baldwin pushed the ball down the middle and Slack raced on, held off a defender, rounded the keeper and scored his first of the season.
SHORTWOOD: Herbert, Brown, Haddock, Baldwin, Coates, Hancock, Langworthy, Parrot (Slack 45), Culley, Hoskins (Pritchett 45), Mann (Axton 33).
Subs not used: Sykes, Avery.
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