DEAN Ebbe was the star of Park Hall as TNS steamrollered Newtown to seal their place in the semi-finals of the JD Welsh Cup with an emphatic 6-1 win.

Ebbe set the tone early with a ninth minute diving header from Aeron Edwards' left wing cross.

Ebbe doubled his tally nine minutes later with a rifled effort from the edge of the area to leave Newtown with a mountain to climb in response.

Alex Fletcher fired wide in Newtown's first real opening of the contest and it was all over on half an hour with Ebbe completing his hat-trick.

The Irishman continued his hot form to head home his fourth of the day before the break after Newtown failed to clear Jamie Mullan's cross.

Newtown reduced the arrears early in the second-half with Joe Kenton slotting home via the post.

However just two minutes later Ebbe turned provided as Danny Redmond fired home as TNS restored their four goal cushion.

TNS rang the changes with a quarter of an hour remaining and in the dying embers of the tie substitute Kurtis Byrne deftly flicked home a cut back from Adrian Cieslewicz to complete the Saints emphatic victory.

Elsewhere in the cup a Will Evans winner earned Cardiff Metropolitan a 2-1 win at Connahs Quay Nomads to end the hosts treble bid.

The former Llangedwyn player completed the scoring after Chris Baker cancelled out George Horan's opener as the Deesiders lost at home for the first time in a year.

Meanwhile Mid Wales players Alex Ramsay and Jamie Breese helped Caernarfon Town to a comfortable 4-0 win at home to Cefn Druids on Friday night.

Elsewhere Penrhyncoch handed Colwyn Bay a fright before succumbing to a 2-1 defeat in JD Cymru North.

Mitch Bryant gave Bay an early lead only for the Roosters to hit back through Owain James but with four minutes remaining Tom McCready fired the hosts to glory.

Llanidloes Town were also handed a scare at home to Four Crosses before celebrating a 3-2 win to extend their lead at the top of MMP-NL Mid Wales League One.

Connor Bird completed a double from the penalty spot while Jack Biggs also struck for the hosts.


North Wales League Three: Rhos 10 Machynlleth 19


North Wales Women's League One: Bangor University 1 Welshpool 4; Ruthin 0 Llanfair Caereinion 2; Bala 3 Newtown 4