It’s Welsh Cup weekend as the final eight battle it out for a place in the semi final.
Only the top four remain from the Welsh Premier League, and the other four teams left in the competition are from the Huws Gray Alliance.
Llanfair Utd v Caernarfon
Guilsfield v Bala Town
The New Saints v Bangor City
Prestatyn v gap Connah’s Quay
Llanfair Utd v Caernarfon | Saturday – 13:30
Both clubs had to see off Welsh Premier opponents in the last round to book their place in the quarter finals.
Llanfair eased past 10-man Cefn Druids (4-1) while Caernarfon needed extra time to beat Rhyl in the most dramatic fashion (3-2 a.e.t).
This will be Llanfair’s first ever appearance in the Welsh Cup quarter final therefore it will be an historical day for the mid-Wales club.
Caernarfon have reached the quarter final for the first time in 11 years (2005/06 – lost 3-0 vs Llangefni after knocking out Coedpoeth, Holyhead Hotspur, Porthmadog and Bala Town).
The Cofis have reached the semi final on five occasions but have never made it through to the final.
It was Llanfair who came out winners in their last league meeting back in October in a 2-4 away win at the Oval.
But the clubs have never met in the Welsh Cup, and with so much at stake with one Huws Gray side guaranteed a place in the semi final it should be a cracking game at Mount Road.
Guilsfield v Bala Town | Saturday – 14:30
Guilsfield have reached 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.
The Guils caused quite an upset in the last round when they knocked out WPL visitors Cardiff Met at Clos Mytton with a comfortable 4-2 victory.
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 gone six points clear of gap Connah’s Quay in the race for second spot after losing only once in their last 15 league matches (away at Rhyl).
Guilsfield are 7th in the HGA and this will be the first meeting between the clubs in the Welsh Cup for 10 years when Bala won 0-5 at Clos Mytton in the second round back in 2006/07.
The New Saints v Bangor | Saturday – 14:30
Following two consecutive defeats, this could be the ideal time to face WPL giants, The New Saints.
TNS have won the Welsh Cup for the last three years, but after losing against Carmarthen in the league and getting knocked out of the Irn-Bru Cup by St. Mirren, the Saints look shaken for the first time this season.
The Oswestry outfit are looking to complete the treble for the third consecutive season as they are closing in on the league title, into the Welsh Cup quarter final and have already reclaimed the League Cup trophy.
Craig Harrison’s side are on a run of 17 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).
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 who will go head to head again in a week’s time in a league fixture live on Sgorio where TNS hope to secure the league title.
Prestatyn v gap Connah’s Quay | Saturday – 17:15 (LIVE ON SGORIO)
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.
After a two year absence, Prestatyn look to be on their way to the Welsh Premier League as they are 16 points clear at the top of the Huws Gray Alliance table and are unbeaten in 23 league games this season.
These two clubs haven’t met since April 2015, which was Prestatyn’s last game in the WPL before their relegation (CQ 3-1 Pres).
The Nomads are hoping to reach the semi final for the second consecutive season but were thumped 5-0 by potential winners The New Saints in last year’s semis.
Connah’s Quay have also won the trophy once as ‘Connah’s Quay & Shotton’ in 1929 when they beat Cardiff in the final at the Racecourse (3-0).
Nomads’ defender Kai Edwards will return to face his hometown, his old cub and his younger brother, Noah Edwards.
Highlights of all Welsh Cup fixtures will be on Sgorio on Monday at 6:30.