Llanelli v Barry Town – live on S4C

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Rhys Llwyd

Rhys Llwyd

Wednesday, 22 Aug 2018, 14:48

The weekend kicks off on Friday with a live fixture between Llanelli and Barry Town, two southern clubs who have risen from the ashes to return to the Welsh Premier League – coverage starts on S4C at 19:30.

Friday, 24 August

Llanelli v Barry Town | Friday – 19:35 (S4C)
You only have to go five years back to when these two sides were going head to head in the fourth tier of Welsh football (Welsh League Division Three), but now Llanelli and Barry are back where they belong in the top flight.

Both clubs were successful in their previous stints in the WPL, with both getting their hands on the league trophy, but it was off-the-field issues that led to the demise of the sides that had to drop down into the lower leagues.

After heavy defeats on the opening weekend, Llanelli and Barry were celebrating late winners last weekend as they picked up their first points of the season.

There was an element of luck for Barry last Sunday as their winner came from what looked like a certain handball from striker Kayne McLaggon, and Bala’s furious protests resulted in them finishing the match with only eight players left on the pitch.

It should be quite the occasion at Stebonheath Park on Friday as the two ex-WPL winners meet in the top flight for the first time since 2002/03 in what has been described as the ‘Phoenix Derby’!