As with the league, current League Cup holders The New Saints are beginning to take a firm hold of the cup competition having secured their third final appearance in four years in Tuesday night’s 4-1 win over Carmarthen Town.
The match marked the return from suspension of Scott Quigley, who was immediately reinstated into the Saints line-up and he wasted no time in getting back on the goal trail netting twice in as many minutes to cement the win.
It was another headline performance from the 23-year-old, who this season is emerging as a key player as his side continue to dominate the domestic scene.
Tuesday night’s semi-final was Quigley’s first taste of first-team action for almost a month after he was forced to serve a three-match ban which threatened to derail an impressive streak of form.
In his last appearance, TNS were holding Aberystwyth to a comfortable 4-0 lead – Quigley has scored twice – when he blotted his copybook in an off-the-ball incident with Luke Sherbon, and was dismissed for violent conduct.
Manager Craig Harrison was measured in his reaction when speaking after the incident, at a time when strikers Michael Wilde and Greg Draper were both struggling to be available before the unnecessary loss of in-form Quigley:
I’ve had a chat with Scott as he’s lost his discipline and made a mistake, and has apologised to everyone. He’ll dealt with internally by myself and the main thing is that he learns from his mistakes. You can’t forget that he’s a young lad learning his trade and as long as he learns his lesson then we don’t want to be too harsh on him.
Last season Quigley was regularly involved in the first-team starting 14 and coming on for 14 of his total 28 WPL appearances, scoring six goals.
This term, even before the halfway point of the season, Quigley is already posting better figures with seven goals against his 11 WPL starts (no substitute appearances).
Harrison is quite clearly giving Quigley the opportunity to impress and should he learn from his mistakes and continue to improve, the Shrewsbury-born forward could become one of the top names in the WPL.