It’s Welsh Cup weekend as the final four battle it out for a place in the final.
Caernarfon are the only non Welsh Premier League club left in the competition, while the other remaining three sides consists of the top three sides in the top flight.
gap Connah’s Quay v The New Saints | Saturday – 14:30
(Bangor University Stadium)
The New Saints have lifted the Welsh Cup on six occasions, and for the last three seasons on the bounce.
After already securing the WPL title and lifting the League Cup, the Oswestry outfit are on track to complete the treble for the third consecutive season.
Craig Harrison’s side are on a run of 18 consecutive wins in the Welsh Cup and haven’t lost in the competition since the 2013 semi final… which was against Bangor City, through a late Chris Jones goal (1-0).
This is the second season running that TNS and the Nomads will go head to head in the semi final after the Saints sailed to the final last year following a comfortable 5-0 win over Andy Morrison’s men.
‘Connah’s Quay & Shotton’ won the Welsh Cup in 1929 when they beat Cardiff in the final at the Racecourse (3-0).
But since gap Connah’s Quay was founded in 1946, they have only reached the final once, losing to Bangor City back in 1998.
These two sides have already met four times this season, and will meet again next week in a league fixture.
gap Connah’s Quay came out victorious in their most recent meeting with Declan Poole scoring a glorious winner at Deeside less than two weeks ago (2-1).
gap Connah’s Quay 2-1 The New Saints (21/02/17)
gap Connah’s Quay 0-3 The New Saints (17/12/16)
gap Connah’s Quay 0-1 The New Saints (20/09/16) League Cup Semi Final
The New Saints 3-0 gap Connah’s Quay (30/10/16)
Caernarfon v Bala Town | Saturday – 17:15 (LIVE ON S4C)
(Corbett Sports Stadium, Rhyl)
Caernarfon have reached the Welsh Cup semi final for the first time since 1988 and the club are considering the match as their biggest game in 29 years.
The Cofis have reached the semi final on five occasions but have never made it through to the final.
It hasn’t been through luck that the Huws Gray Alliance side have come so far as they’ve had to see off two WPL sides in the process (Carmarthen and Rhyl).
Despite their consistent success in recent years, it may be surprising that Bala have never reached the Welsh Cup final.
Bala are on a great run in the WPL and have secured a top three finish which will be enough to secure an European spot, unless Caernarfon can win the Welsh Cup.
The Lakesiders might be the favourites but it was the Canaries who won when the clubs last met in last season’s League Cup 2nd Round (2-1).
The clubs have not met in the Welsh Cup since the 2005/06 4th round, and again it was Caernarfon who were the winners on that day (Cfon 4-0 Bala).
Whatever the result may be, one team will create history this weekend by getting their club into the Welsh Cup final for the first time in their history.
Road to the semi final:
Caernarfon: Conwy (1-5), Llangefni (4-4 – won 2-4 on pens), Carmarthen (3-1), Rhyl (3-2 a.e.t), Llanfair Utd (0-7)
Bala Town: Caldicot (6-1), Pen-y-bont (4-1 a.e.t), Guilsfield (0-3)
Highlights of both Welsh Cup semi finals will be on Sgorio on Monday at 6:30.
On this day in 1966, Swansea Town played their first European match on home soil as Slavia Sofia visited the Vetch.