The Football Association of Wales has announced the venues for the 2016-17 Welsh Cup semi-finals.
Bala Town will face Caernarfon Town at the Corbett Sports Stadium, Rhyl whilst the holders, The New Saints, will face gap Connah’s Quay at the Bangor University Stadium, Bangor.
Both matches will be played on Saturday 1 April with The New Saints v gap Connah’s Quay kicking off at 2.30 ahead of Bala Town v Caernarfon Town which will be shown live on S4C at 5.15.
As the names came out of the hat on Saturday evening everyone was keen to avoid the holders, The New Saints, but after losing 5-0 against Craig Harrison’s side at the same stage last season, gap Connah’s Quay have a point to prove as they attempt to reach their first final since losing to Bangor City in 1997-98.
And whilst The New Saints go for a fourth consecutive cup win, the two clubs in the other semi final are attempting to reach the final for the first time in their histories.
Despite a club from the town playing in the Welsh Cup since 1877, and despite Colin Caton’s team reaching three semi finals in the last six years, bala Town have nnever played in a Welsh Cup final.
And one has to go back to 1987-88 to find the last time Caernarfon Town were at this stage of the competition when the Canaries lost 3-1 over two legs against Cardiff City. So whatever happens in the televised match, one of the clubs will be making history!
On this day in 1981 Swansea beat Chelsea 3-0 at the Vetch thanks to goals from Neil Robinson, Jimmy Hadziabdic and Robbie James.