Bala Town, along with The New Saints have secured their places in next seasons’ European competitions – but who will be the other two Welsh clubs to join them?
The New Saints face Newtown in the Welsh Cup final on Saturday and the result will have a great effect on who will face who in the play-offs.
If TNS were to lift the cup and complete the treble then Airbus UK (3rd) would automatically qualify for Europe as TNS have already done so, and the play-off fixtures would be as follows:
Aberystwyth (4th) v gap Connah’s Quay (7th)
Port Talbot (5th) v Newtown (6th)
But if Newtown win on Saturday then they will qualify for Europe and Rhyl (8th) will get a chance to battle in the play-offs with a match against 7th place gap Connah’s Quay on Monday to decide who would play Airbus:
Airbus UK (3rd) v gap Connah’s Quay (7th) / Rhyl (8th)
Aberystwyth (4th) v Port Talbot (5th)
These matches will be played on 9/10 May.
It’s quite complicated, but it proves that the result of the Welsh Cup not only matters to the two clubs taking part but could determine the fate of the other WPL teams that are dreaming of an European adventure.
On this day in 1961 one of the legends of Welsh football - Ian Rush - was born.