Connah’s Quay will meet Bangor City in the Welsh Cup semi final on Saturday, 7 April with coverage live on S4C at 19:30.
Connah’s Quay v Bangor | Saturday – 19:35, Corbett Sports Stadium, Rhyl (S4C)
Only goal difference separates these two sides in the WPL so it promises to be a well-balanced affair at the Corbett Sports Stadium on Saturday night.
Although Connah’s Quay are above Bangor in the table (on goal difference), Kevin Nicholson’s side have had the better of their previous meetings this season, winning all three clashes in the WPL without conceding a single goal.
But the Nomads did knock Bangor out of the League Cup in November with two injury time goals (2-0).
This will be their first meeting in the Welsh Cup since Bangor won 0-2 at Deeside in the 2012/13 fourth round on their way to the final.
The Nomads have had to see off Cwmbrân Celtic, Porthmadog and WPL champions The New Saints to reach the semi final stage, and now Andy Morrison is setting his sights on guiding the club to only their second ever Welsh Cup final.
20 years have passed since Connah’s Quay reached the Welsh Cup final, and that was against Bangor City at the Racecourse in 1998 – the Nomads, who were managed by Neville Powell lost on penalties after the game ended 1-1.
The old club of ‘Connah’s Quay & Shotton’ did win the cup in 1929, but went bust six months later – the newly reformed Nomads were founded 17 years on in 1946.
Bangor City have a rich history in the Welsh Cup, winning on eight occasions – but it’s been a long eight years since the last time Citizens had their hands on their beloved cup.
The Citizens have reached this year’s semi final without facing a WPL side (beating Cwmamman Utd, Llanrhaeadr and Penydarren).
But Kevin Nicholson will be full of confident as Bangor have won 5 of their last 6 games in all competitions.
Six red cards have been shown in the last eight meetings between the sides, three of those going to Nomads captain George Horan, who unsurprisingly will be suspended this weekend!
The clubs meet again next week in another important match in the race for European football via the runner-up spot, but winning the cup and adding a trophy to the cabinet would surely be the priority, and the more satisfying way of qualifying for Europe.
Highlights of all the weekend fixtures will be on Sgorio this Monday at 5:35 on S4C.
On this day in 1961 one of the legends of Welsh football - Ian Rush - was born.