Semi-final heartbreak for Telford Tigers
Telford Tigers’ miserable week got worse with a home defeat to Swindon Wildcats in their NIHL National Cup semi-final on Tuesday night.
After drawing the first leg 3-3 last week, Wildcats were 5-1 winners to progress 8-4 on aggregate.
After losing two league games to title rivals over the weekend, Tigers needed an early boost.
And that’s exactly what they got when Warren Tait put them ahead in the eighth minute with a power play goal assisted by Corey Goodison and Scott McKenzie.
The end-to-end action carried on and with 18 minutes gone ex-Tiger Phil Hill scored following a goalmouth scramble, assisted by Floyd Taylor.
Within a minute Swindon scored their second, sending the travelling fans wild, Jan Kostal scoring an unassisted goal to the top right corner.
The second period began the same as the first with Telford applying pressure.
But it was the Wildcats who grabbed the next goal in the 23rd minute Edgar Bebris coming down the right and finishing past Denis Bell.
It was 4-1 to the visitors in the 32nd minute via s scrappy goal from Kostal.
And ex-Tigers man Max Birbraer Cooley slotted home at the far post to further Swindon’s lead.
Telford pressed in the final period but Wildcats were able to hold out without conceding.