It’s Welsh Cup weekend as the 12 WPL teams join the 20 lower league sides who have made it into this year’s third round.
Llanelli v Ynysygerwn | Friday – 19:30
There’s only one Friday night fixture as the lowest ranked team remaining in the competition, Ynysygerwn face the 2010/11 Welsh Cup winners, Llanelli.
Ynysygerwn are currently fifth in the Third Division of the Southern Welsh Football League while Llanelli are top of Division 2 and are unbeaten in their 11 league games this season.
40 year old Llanelli striker Lee Trundle will be the one-to-watch after his hat-trick against Taffs Well in the previous round earned him the ‘Player of the Round’ award.
Aberystwyth v Holywell | Saturday – 13:30
These two clubs have been drawn together in the cup for the third time in four seasons.
Nine positions separate the two sides as Aberystwyth sit in 10th position in the WPL while Holywell are currently 7th in the Huws Gray Alliance.
Greenfield v Guilsfield | Saturday – 13:30
Guilsfield are hoping to make it into the Welsh Cup fourth round for the second consecutive season.
Greenfield, who are 10th in Welsh Alliance Division 1 have had to beat Mynydd Isa Spartans, Soughton, Llandudno Albion and Mynydd Llandegai to reach this year’s third round.
Guilsfield joined the competition in Round 1 with the rest of the Huws Gray Alliance sides and have knocked out Welshpool and Mold Alexandra so far this season.
Llanfair v Corwen | Saturday – 13:30
Wrexham Area League side Corwen will be looking to cause another cup upset after they knocked out Buckley from the Huws Gray Alliance in the second round with a massive 6-1 away win.
Llanfair, who were the Spar Mid Wales 2014/15 champions are currently in 9th position in the Huws Gray Alliance.
Corwen are the only club remaining from the Wrexham Area League and reaching the fourth round would be a great achievement for the Denbighshire outfit.
Caernarfon v Carmarthen | Saturday – 14:30
These two sides haven’t met since their WPL meeting in April 2009 (Caernarfon 1-3 Carmarthen).
Carmarthen have had their hands on the Welsh Cup in the not so distant past when they beat Afan Lido in the 2007 final.
The Old Gold have climbed into the top six in the WPL after their away win at Bangor last weekend, and they’ll be hoping for another win at Gwynedd on Saturday against the Caneries who are in 2nd spot in the Huws Gray Alliance.
Haverfordwest v Afan Lido | Saturday – 14:30
This promises to be an exciting cup tie between two sides from Welsh League Division 1 who have recent experience in the top flight.
Afan Lido reached the cup final in 2007 but lost out 3-2 to Carmarthen in their solitary final appearance.
Haverfordwest are 7th in the league following their relegation from the WPL last season while Afan Lido are in 2nd place only three points behind Goytre in the race for promotion.
Llandudno v Goytre | Saturday – 14:30
Goytre are currently the Welsh League leaders and will travel to Parc Maesdu full of confidence after a strong start to their season.
Goytre have scored an average of 2.62 goals a game this season, and have the ninth best attacking record in Europe, only The New Saints have a better record than them in Wales.
Llandudno on the other hand have struggled to score this season and have only found the net 12 times in 17 league games in 2016/17 (0.7 goals a game).
Since forming the club in 1988 Llandudno have never gone further than the fourth round in the Welsh Cup.
Cardiff Met v Porthmadog | Saturday – 14:30
Porthmadog will look forward to their away day in the capital to face Cardiff Met who are enjoying their first season in the WPL.
The students sit in 5th position and are on a run of seven games without defeat at home, conceding only twice during that run at Cyncoed.
Porthmadog reached the quarter final in 2013/14 and the club who are mid-table in the Huws Gray Alliance will hope for another good cup run this season.
Penybont v Airbus UK | Saturday – 14:30
The clubs go head to head in the Welsh Cup for the second time in three seasons after Airbus beat Penybont 2-0 in the third round in 2013/14.
Airbus were last season’s runners-up after reaching the final for the first time in their history, losing 2-0 to The New Saints, but the Wingmakers aren’t doing so well this season and are bottom of the WPL after losing their last five games, with no wins in their last eight matches.
Penybont are 6th in the Welsh League Division 1 and have reached the third round after beating AFC Porth and Barry Town.
Prestatyn v Holyhead Hotspur | Saturday – 14:30
Prestatyn will be relieved that this game is going ahead as the club was on the brink of going bust last month but have managed to raise enough money to survive.
The Seasiders’ greatest achievements was a product of their success in the cup as Prestatyn beat Bangor City in the 2012/13 final to lift the trophy for the first time in their history.
The cup win meant they qualified for Europe where they went on to beat Liepājas Metalurgs of Latvia.
This is the only fixture between two Cymru Alliance sides, but the two teams are on opposite ends of the table with Prestatyn sitting nicely on top of the league, and Hotspur down in 15th place, second from bottom.
But Holyhead did cause a cup upset last season as they knocked out Bangor City in the third round, and the Harbourmen will hope to reach the fourth round for the second season on the bounce.
Bala Town v Caldicot Town | Saturday – 14:30
Despite their consistent success in recent years, it may be surprising that Bala have never reached the Welsh Cup final.
After a run of five consecutive wins Bala will look to continue their fine form against Caldicot who are bottom of Welsh League Division 1.
Caldicot are in the third round for the first time since 2009/10, but face a tough challenge against the Lakesiders who haven’t lost any of their five league games on their new 3G surface at Maes Tegid.
Newtown v The New Saints | Saturday – 14:30
This is the only fixture between two WPL teams as the clubs prepare to go head to head for the second time this season and for the third year running in the Welsh Cup.
It will be a repeat of the 2014/15 final where TNS came out 2-0 winners before the Saints knocked out Newtown once again in the 2015/16 quarter final (1-0).
The New Saints have won their 21 games in all competitions this season and their dream of completing the ‘quadruple’ may not be that farfetched.
Rhyl v Penrhyncoch | Saturday – 14:30
Rhyl are one of the competition’s most successful clubs having won the cup on four occasions – the last time in 2006.
The Lilywhites are in 8th position in the WPL, 18 places above Penrhyncoch who are 14th in the Huws Gray Alliance.
Ex WPL and Aberystwyth stalwarts, Sion James and Antonio Corbisiero will look forward to testing their wits against a top flight team this weekend.
gap Connah’s Quay v Goytre Utd | Saturday – 14:30
These two teams go head to head for the first time since 1997 when they met at the same stage in the competition where the Nomads came out 4-1 winners.
gap Connah’s Quay reached the semi final last season only to brushed away in a 5-0 thrashing by The New Saints.
Goytre Utd will have nothing to lose and will feel fearless after winning 5-0 against Ton Pentre last weekend.
Ton Pentre v Bangor City | Sunday – 14:30
Almost twenty years after leaving the League of Wales due to financial difficulties, and ninety four years since their sole appearance in the Welsh Cup Final, Ton Pentre’s Bulldogs are itching to test themselves against their illustrious northern opponents who have lifted the Welsh Cup eight times as well as competing in ten other finals.
Only Wrexham (45) and Cardiff (32) have reached more final than Swansea (18) and Bangor (18).
The Citizens have lost their last two games, losing 4-0 at Cardiff Met in Andy Legg’s final game in charge before losing 1-2 at home to Carmarthen last Saturday in Ian Dawes’ first game at the helm.
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