Welsh Cup – Round 4

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It’s Welsh Cup weekend and the 16 remaining clubs are all eyeing a place in the 2016/17 quarter final.

Aberystwyth v Prestatyn | Saturday – 13:30
There could be a shock at Park Avenue as Huws Gray Alliance league leaders Prestatyn hope to knock out the Welsh Premier League side.

Aberystwyth were the Welsh Cup runners up back in 2013/14 as they lost 2-3 to The New Saints despite going 2-0 up early in the first half.

The Black & Greens have only won the Welsh Cup once, and that was 117 years ago back in 1900.

Like Aberystwyth, Prestatyn have their hands on the trophy once, but much more recently…

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.

Only five positions separate the two sides as Aberystwyth are 8th in the WPL, and Prestatyn are 13 points clear at the top of the Huws Gray Alliance pushing for promotion back into the top flight.

Road to the 4th round:
Aberystwyth: Holywell (2-0)
Prestatyn: St Asaph (0-8), Hawarden (1-4), Holyhead Hotspur (2-1 a.e.t)

Bangor v Llandudno | Saturday – 13:30
Llandudno have been reinstated to the competition for the fourth round despite losing 0-2 to Goytre FC as the Welsh League Division One side were found guilty of fielding an inelligible player in the last round.

Since forming the club in 1988 Llandudno have never managed to go further than the fourth round of the Welsh Cup, and that will be their aim this weekend.

Bangor have an impressive record in the cup, lifting the trophy on eight occasions and reaching 18 finals.

Only Wrexham (45) and Cardiff (32) have reached more Welsh Cup finals than Bangor City (18).

The Citizens are hoping to win the trophy for the first time in seven years (beat Port Talbot 3-2 in the 2009/10 final).

This is the only fixture between two WPL sides, and it will be their third meeting this season after Bangor won 2-1 at Nantporth on Boxing Day before Llandudno got their own back in a 1-0 victory on New Year’s Day through a Marc Williams goal.

Road to the 4th round:
Bangor: Ton Pentre (0-2)
Llandudno: Goytre (lost 0-2)

Llanfair Utd v Cefn Druids | Saturday – 13:30
It will be an historical day for Llanfair Utd on Saturday as they play in the 4th round of the Welsh Cup for the first time ever.

Llanfair, who were the Spar Mid Wales 2014/15 champions are currently in the 13th position in the Huws Gray Alliance.

Cefn Druids have a long history of success in the Welsh Cup and were the first runners up of the competition as they lost 1-0 to Wrexham back in 1878.

Only Wrexham (23), Cardiff (22) and Swansea (10) have lifted the cup more times than Cefn Druids (8) – but the club haven’t had their hadns on trophy since 1904.

Road to the 4th round:
Llanfair Utd: Llanidloes (0-2), Flint (3-4), Corwen (1-0)
Cefn Druids: Llantwit Major (2-0)

Guilsfield v Cardiff Met | Saturday – 14:30
Huws Gray side Guilsfield have reached the fourth round for the second consecutive season.

Bernie Jones’ men are hoping to reach the quarter final for the first time since 2007/08 when they beat Presteigne, Airbus UK, Connah’s Quay and Caernarfon before eventually losing 6-0 against Bangor City.

Cardiff Met are enjoying a great first season in the Welsh Premier League and have secured their place in the Top Six for the second half of the season.

The students have reached the fourth round for the third season on the trot, but they did go one step further last season and were knocked out in the quarter final by gap Connah’s Quay (0-2).

Inter Cardiff won the Welsh Cup in 1999 – beating Carmarthen on penalties – but since ‘Cardiff Met FC’ was founded in 2000 thorugh the integration of Inter Cardiff and UWIC, the clubs has never gone further than the quarter final.

Road to the 4th round:
Guilsfield: Welshpool (6-3), Mold Alexandra (2-4 a.e.t), Greenfield (0-3)
Cardiff Met: Porthmadog (4-0)

Haverfordwest v gap Connah’s Quay | Saturday – 14:30
The Nomads will have to make the longest journey of the weekend as they make the 150 mile trip to Bridge Meadow to face Haverfordwest from Welsh League Division One.

It will be their first meeting since November 2015 when Nomads captain George Horan scored twice to secure a 0-2 away victory in a WPL fixture.

Les Davies was the hero for the Nomads against Goytre Utd in the 3rd round as he completed a hat-trick in the dying seconds of the game to complete a remarkable come-back.

gap Connah’s Quay managed to reach the semi final last season but were thumped 5-0 by potential winners The New Saints.

Connah’s Quay have on the trophy once as ‘Connah’s Quay & Shotton’ in 1929 when they beat Cardiff in the final at the Racecourse (3-0).

Haverfordwest have never reached the final, but the Bluebirds are aiming to make the quarter finals for the first time since 2012/13 when they beat Brecon Corinthians, Cambrian & Clydach, Llandudno Junction and Chepstow before losing 0-1 to The New Saints.

Road to the 4th round:
Haverfordwest: YMCA Newport (1-2), Undy Athletic (3-2), Afan Lido (1-0)
gap Connah’s Quay: Goytre Utd (3-2)

Bala Town v Pen-y-bont | Saturday – 14:30
Despite their consistent success in recent years, it may be surprising that Bala have never reached the Welsh Cup final.

Bala have only lost once in 10 games on their new 3G pitch, and that was a 2-4 defeat to Scottish side Alloa Athletic in the Irn Bru Challenge Cup back in October.

Pen-y-bont are currently 4th in Welsh League Division One and the relatively new club have never come this far in the competition.

After knocking out last season’s runners-up, Airbus in the 3rd round, Pen-y-bont manager Rhys Griffiths will be looking to cause another upset this weekend.

Road to the 4th round:
Bala Town: Caldicott (6-1)
Pen-y-bont: AFC Porth (3-1), Barry Town (0-3), Airbus UK (4-1)

The New Saints v Llanelli | Saturday – 14:30
Ex-Welsh Premier League champions Llanelli will take on the current champions at Park Hall on Saturday.

Llanelli were the Welsh Cup winner back in 2010/11, and 40 year old Llanelli striker Lee Trundle will be the one-to-watch after his hat-trick against Taffs Well in the second round earned him the ‘Player of the Round’ award.

Llanelli are the lowest ranked club remaining in the compeition as they lead Welsh League Division Two and are unbeaten in 15 league games this season.

The New Saints are also unbeaten this season and have broken the world record for consecutive victories after winning 27 games on the bounce earlier this season.

The Oswestry outfit are still unbeaten in 29 games in 2016/17 (won 28, drawn 1).

It was no shock to see them lift their first trophy of the season last Saturday as they beat Barry Town (4-0) in the Nathaniel MG Cup final, and now they will set their sights on their next target.

The Saints are hoping to secure four trophies this season as they are only 10 points away from the league title, into the Welsh Cup 4th round, the Irn-Bru Cup semi final and reclaimed the League Cup trophy last weekend.

Road to the 4th round:
The New Saints: Newtown (0-3)
Llanelli: Pontypridd (3-1), Trethomas Bluebirds (0-6), Taffs Well (2-3), Ynysygerwn (5-1)

Caernarfon v Rhyl | Saturday – 17:15 – LIVE ON S4C
Rhyl are the 10th most successful club in the Welsh Cup with four trophy lifts, the lates back in 2006.

The Lilywhites are 9th in the WPL, five spaces above the Canaries who are currently 2nd in the Huws Gray Alliance

This is Caernarfon’s best run in the Welsh Cup for nine years (2007/08 – reached the 4th round but lost 1-0 vs Guilsfield).

If Caernarfon beat Rhyl they will play in the quarter final for the first time in 11 years (2005/06 – lost 3-0 vs Llangefni after knocking out Coedpoeth, Holyhead, Porthmadog and Bala).

The Cofis have reached the semi final on five occasions but have never made it through to the final.

It will be the first meeting between the two sides in the Welsh Cup since the 1984/85 4th round (32 years ago) Rhyl 2-1 Caernarfon – Rhyl went on to lost 1-7 to Shrewsbury in the 5th round.

If the Cofis do manage a goal, let’s just hope that the stands can withold their wild celebrations!

Road to the 4th round:
Caernarfon: Conwy (1-5), Llangefni (4-4 – won 2-4 on pens), Carmarthen (3-1)
Rhyl: Penrhyncoch (6-0)