County are going to win the league and a cup having failed to put in a good 90 minutes all season. Very much a team that turns up for one half.
County were shite in the first half. A combination of complacency against a collection of cloggers, and the management team going with some weird attempt at a totally fluid front four and midfield two. Cowie and McManus were rubbish; Graham and Stewart can't play together effectively; there was no width at all.
Connah's could have been 3-0 up by half-time. Their goal was an absolute peach. Rugby style line-outs and very cynical challenges appeared to be their main gameplan though (I thought the referee clamped down on it very well but should probably shown more than the 2 yellow cards). The audacity of their manager to harp on about how they were "real men" when one of their guys went down like he'd been fucking shot after a fairly soft challenge from Fraser in the first-half. That said, in fairness, they have a style of play that works for them and why would you change it?
County were so much better when the ball was on the ground but absolutely no movement. Presumably SK/SF went through them at half-time because the second half was played exclusively in the Connah's half. Just no movement and poor decision making until Mullin came on and he tore them apart with Gardyne. If it wasn't for continued poor decision making, County could have scored four or five in that last 20 minutes. I thought Stewart's effort went in earlier in the half but appears to have been cleared just before the line!
Nice to win the cup, and hopefully it's a momentum boost for the final stretch of the season. I'm also hoping that SK/SF can see the issues with the personnel and system yesterday.
P.S., a massive shout out to the group of ICT fans who took time out of their Saturday to kit themselves out in ICT gear and sit amongst the CQN fans, giving it big licks to the County fans throughout the day, only to leave en masse when the second goal went in. A bunch of total weirdos.