Sgorio pick the Welsh Cup 5-a-side team of the week.
Connor Roberts (Bangor City)
Bangor came close to knocking out the Welsh Cup winners for the last three years as they went in front against The New Saints in extra time at Park Hall. But it wasn’t to be as the holders struck twice late on to seal the victory. Both keepers put in great displays to leave it goalless after 90 minutes, with Connor Roberts being the busiest of the two no.1’s denying several efforts from TNS’ prolific strike force.
Gareth Edwards (Caernarfon)
It was a weekend to remember for Caernarfon centre-back, Gareth Edwards who celebrated the birth of his child on Friday night before celebrating a brace for the Cofis against Llanfair on Saturday to help his club reach the Welsh Cup semi final for the first time in 29 years (1988). Understandably, Edwards hadn’t had much sleep before the quarter final at Mount Field but he was more alert than anyone in the box to nod in Caernarfon’s first and third goals in their 7-0 thumping of Llanfair Utd.
Kai Edwards (gap Connah’s Quay)
Nomads’ defender Kai Edwards returned to face his hometown, his old club and his younger brother, Noah Edwards when he faced Prestatyn on Saturday and it was the eldest brother Kai who earned the bragging rights at the Edwards’ household. After going in 2-0 down at half time Kai Edwards sparked the come-back with an early goal in the second half, which was his first for his new club. Late into extra time Edwards showed his defensive instincts by heading the ball over the bar when Prestatyn thought they had nicked the winner. But the Nomads went on to win on penalties and reach the semi final for the second consecutive season.
Chris Venables (Bala Town)
Bala secured their place in the semi final with a comfortable 0-3 away win against Guilsfield at Clos Mytton. Chris Venables scored the Lakesiders’ second goal with a well taken strike from the edge of the box which was his 10th goal for Bala this season. Venables has settled in well to Colin Caton’s side since joining in the summer, and his consistent disciplined performances from midfield has helped Bala reach the semi final and to compete for the WPL second spot.
Adrian Cieslewicz (The New Saints)
Adrian Cieslewicz makes his 4th appearance in the 5-on-form team despite missing four months of the season through injury. It took a moment of magic from TNS’ winger to send the holders into the semi final as he slid past two Bangor defenders, kept his composure and placed the ball coolly into the bottom corner to score the winner after 116 minutes of play at Park Hall. Despite his long absence, Cieslewicz has been one of the stars of the season and has now scored nine goals for the Saints in all competitions in 2016/17.
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