Sgorio picks the five players that stood out in the Welsh Cup quarter finals.
John Danby (Connah’s Quay)
TNS were hoping to knock Connah’s Quay out of the Welsh Cup for the 3rd consecutive season, having already knocked them out of the League Cup for the 2nd year running. But the Nomads came out 2-1 winners with John Danby pulling off a couple of fantastic saves for Andy Morrison’s men. The win for Connah’s Quay means that TNS have failed to reach the Welsh Cup semi final for the first time in eight years.
Nick Rushton (Newtown)
Newtown are into the final four of the Welsh Cup after a 2-0 win at Parc Maesdu on Tuesday night. Nicky Rushton’s pace caused Llandudno all sorts of problems as he won the foul that got keeper Paddy Rutter sent off, before winning the pitch-long race to score the Robins’ second to seal the victory.
Luke Wall (Bangor City)
Luke Wall grabbed his first Bangor hat-trick to put the Citizens into the semi final for the first time in five years. The left-footed winger took his three goals wonderfully against lower league Penydarren and will now look forward to a semi final battle with Connah’s Quay in April.
John Owen (Aberystwyth)
John Owen continued his impressive form for Aberystwyth as he got on the score sheet in the Seasiders’ comfortable quarter final victory against Carmarthen. Neville Powell’s side face Newtown in the semi final, and a win would set up a thrilling final for the new Aber manager against one of his old clubs.
Yves Zama (Bangor City)
Luke Wall wasn’t the only Bangor player to score a hat-trick over the weekend, as striker Yves Zama also got in on the action. Zama has impressed his manager Kevin Nicholson since arriving in January and has settled in well with the squad who are now eyeing their first Welsh Cup trophy in eight years.
On this day in 2003, Wales lost 1-0 to Russia in front of 73,000 fans at the Millenium Stadium.