Setanta Shield 1st Round
Tuesday 9 September - Twerton Park - kick off 7.45pm
||result: W2-1 aet
||Perrin, Rollo (c), Slocombe, Coupe, Holland, Cochlin, Connolly, Hogg (Rogers 80), Edwards (S Jones 111), Badman, Wood (Gilroy 77).
sub not used: Caldwell.
|man of the match:
||Gilroy (pen 90), Edwards (110)
|league position: n/a
||next match: Hampton & Rich (A)
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Bath City got the better of their 10-man Twerton Park tenants in the first round of the Setanta Shield on Tuesday night, but it took a last-gasp penalty
leveller and a Darren Edwards extra-time winner to edge the verdict.With boss John Relish taking the evening off, Adie Britton and John Howells saw striker
Dave Gilroy make a scoring return after recovering from knee surgery. "Gilly (Gilroy) made an immediate impact when he came on and there was nothing
tentative about the work he put in," said Britton. "The plan was to give him 20 minutes and he ended up playing the better part of an hour and he appears
to have come through it well. Darren Edwards played 80 minutes last Saturday and 100 minutes against TeamBath, so things are looking up after having all
five strikers at the club injured this season. We should have both in the squad for Saturday's trip to Hampton & Richmond along with Paul Cochlin, Andy
Connolly and Martin Slocombe, who all did well against TeamBath. Paul played as the sweeper in three-man back line and he got better as the game went on,
Martin showed what a good player he is and Andy Connolly gave us some solidity in midfield. Darren Edwards should be ok to start and we'll try to restrict
Dave Gilroy to half-an-hour and then allow him to get a full week's training under his belt next week. Once he's got through that, the injury and surgery
should be completely behind him and we'll have a quality striker, and a proven match-winner, back in the squad on a regular basis."
Gilroy grabbed City's 90th-minute leveller from the penalty spot, beating stand-in stopper Joe Arnold, after TeamBath keeper Jake Meredith got himself sent off for taking the City striker down in the 90th minute.
TeamBath had edged in front 13 minutes earlier courtesy of Arnold, who knocked in the rebound after City keeper Steve Perrin beat away Andy Caton's goal-bound shot.
And City made the most of the extra man with seven minutes of extra time to go, when Edwards scored after Cochlin's knock-down from a corner set him up.
TeamBath head coach Andy Tillson was left with injury concerns over Mark Canham (ankle), Sean Lamb (hamstring) and Joe Arnold (hamstring) ahead of Saturday's home game against Bognor Regis Town.
"Sean and Joe should both come through for Saturday, but Mark Canham could struggle to make it," he said. Tillson, who has piloted the student outfit into
fourth place in the Blue Square South table, put his side's cup derby defeat down to "a simple lapse in concentration". He added: "We finally got our noses
in front in the 77th minute and that should have been enough to close the game out. But our keeper was put in the position where he had to concede the
penalty in the last minute of the game. He got sent off, they scored to take the game to extra time and it was always going to be tough from then on with
10 men. Overall, it was a poor game, despite a great playing surface. Neither side got the ball down and played much football at all."