Barry Town's progress in Welsh Cup
9:01am Thursday 19th September 2013 in Sport
OPENER: Michael Hartley opened the scoring for Barry Town in Saturday's Welsh Cup clash with AFC Rumney with a header in the first 10 minutes.
AFC RUMNEY 0
BARRY TOWN UNITED 3
BARRY TOWN qualified for the Welsh Cup proper with this win against a hard-working AFC Rumney side on Saturday.
Barry raced into an early lead when Michael Hartley converted an in-swinging cross with a deft reflex header after nine minutes, and the advantage was doubled after 22 minutes, when TJ Nagi found the bottom corner with a fine finish on the turn.
The home side, who had eliminated Tonyrefail in the previous round, kept their heads and worked hard, keeping Barry at bay from there until half-time, under the instruction of vocal skipper Joe Carroll.
Barry's best chance in that period arose when Ryan Dorrian broke free, only for an excellent last-gap tackle to prod the ball wide for a corner.
Rumney goalkeeper Tom Evans had previously appeared to have taken a kick-out from outside his penalty area; nonetheless, this did not taint an excellent outing for the man between the sticks, and, indeed, referee Clive Layne, who maintained control throughout.
Winger Dale Howarth put in a real shift for Barry and was unfortunate not to score on 49 minutes, with his shot, after a terrific burst of pace, cannoning off the crossbar.
The match, though, was effectively killed off on 53 minutes when Howarth's effort from the left took a deflection and ended up in the net.
While Barry were certainly worth the third, the manner in which it came will have disappointed the Rumney sidewho had being enjoying a decent period of play in front of a crowd of 150-plus.
In the latter stages, Barry pursued a fourth, with striker Jordan Cotterill frustrated on several occasions.
Substitutes Ryan Jenkins and Michael Parkins gave Barry new options, but neither could add their name to the scoresheet, while Ryan Evans' free-kick sailed over the crossbar and Paul Morgan's 88th minute drive struck the woodwork.
Another free-kick late on was saved in spectacular fashion by the Rumney goalkeeper, Evans tipping Parkins' shot over when it seemed bound for the top corner. Evans would then cap a fine display with a penalty save in the 92nd minute, denying Cotterill's decent attempt at the right of the goal with an outstretched save.
As a result of the win, Barry advance to the Welsh Cup first round proper, where Gavin Chesterfield's side will entertain Welsh League Division One outfit Taffs Well on Saturday, October 12.
This Saturday, Barry return to league action against Rhoose at Jenner Park (2.30pm kick-off).
Barry: Dan Bradley, Geraint Frowen, Paul Morgan, Lewis Cosslett, Ryan Evans, James Saddler (c), Michael Hartley, Ryan Dorrian, TJ Nagi, Jordan Cotterill and Dale Howarth. Subs: Lewis Grant (for Howarth), Ryan Jenkins (for Hartley), Troy Greening, Michael Parkins (for Saddler) and Brad O' Loughlin.