JD Welsh Cup quarter final preview

Football – Welsh Cup 3rd Round Draw
Sion Richards

Sion Richards

Sunday, 4 Mar 2018, 16:51

Three JD Welsh Cup games were postponed over the weekend due to bad weather conditions, with the games rearranged for tonight (Tuesday). The winners of the game between Connah’s Quay and The New Saints will face Bangor City in the semi-final, with Carmarthen and Aberystwyth battling for a final-four tie with Llandudno or Newtown. Highlights of the Welsh Cup matches will be shown on Wednesday’s Mwy o Sgorio at 6:30 on S4C.

Bangor are the only side to secure their place in the JD Welsh Cup semi-finals after their 7-0 win over Penydarren on Sunday, with Connah’s Quay and The New Saints battling for a place in the semi-final with the Citizens.

Llandudno Welcome Newtown to Maes Du, with Aberystwyth traveling to Richmond Park to face Carmarthen Town.

Rownd yr Wyth Olaf Cwpan Cymru
19:45 – Cei Connah v Y Seintiau Newydd
20:00 – Llandudno v Y Drenewydd
20:00 – Caerfyrddin v Aberystwyth

Tuesday, 4 March

Connah’s Quay v The New Saints | Tuesday – 19:45
TNS return to the Deeside Stadium a week since their 0-1 win against the Nomads in the WPL.

The Saints hope to knock Connah’s Quay out of the Welsh Cup for the third consecutive season, having already knocked the Nomads out of the League Cup this season for the second year running.

Scott Ruscoe’s Saints have seen off Penrhyncoch and Caernarfon in the last rounds, while Connah’s Quay knocked out Cwmbrân Celtic and Porthmadog, making this the first WPL opposition for both sides in the cup this season.

TNS have won the Welsh Cup on six occasions, and have reached the final for the last four consecutive seasons, losing out to Bala in last year’s final.

Connah’s Quay won the Welsh Cup as ‘Connah’s Quay & Shotton’ back in 1929 when they beat Cardiff City in the final (3-0).

Last meetings:
Connah’s Quay 0-1 The New Saints (24/02/18)
The New Saints 3-0 Connah’s Quay (19/12/17)
Connah’s Quay 0-1 The New Saints (20/11/17) League Cup Semi Final
Connah’s Quay 2-2 The New Saints (10/10/17)

Carmarthen v Aberystwyth | Tuesday – 20:00
Following the dramatic encounter between these sides last weekend, the clubs go head to head again this Saturday in the Welsh Cup quarter final.

Aber right back declan Walker had scored a hat-trick for his side putting Neville Powell’s men 3-1 up, but with the game into injury time, the Old Gold fought back with two goals within 77 seconds to grab a point, and could easily have won it on another day.

Aberystwyth have beaten two top Six sides to reach the quarter final, and are yet to concede in the Welsh Cup this season – Bala (4-0), Cardiff Met (0-1).

Carmarthen have knocked out Ammanford and Airbus UK from the lower leagues to get this far.

The Aber Seasiders are hoping to reach the semis for the first time in four years, while it’s been a long nine years since Carmarthen went further than the last eight.

Both clubs have won the Welsh Cup once – Carmarthen (2007), Aberystwyth (1900).

Last meetings:
Carmarthen 3-3 Aberystwyth (25/02/18)
Aberystwyth 1-2 Carmarthen (01/01/18)
Carmarthen 1-0 Aberystwyth (26/12/17)

Llandudno v Newtown | Tuesday – 20:00
Llandudno have been given a home draw for the third time this season, and are eyeing their first ever Welsh Cup semi final, while Newtown managed to reach the final less than three years ago.

The Robins lost 2-0 to TNS in the 2014/15 final, but Newtown have had their hands on the cup twice in the past (1879 ac 1895).

Llandudno and Newtown have knocked out four teams from the Huws Gray Alliance between them, with Llandudno seeing off Gresford and Ruthin, while Newtown beat Guilsfield and Flint Town Utd.

It’s been a month since the seven goal thriller between these sides in the WPL when Newtown came away 3-4 winner at Parc Maesdu, and the clubs will meet again later this month in the race for the European play-offs.

Last meetings:
Llandudno 3-4 Newtown (03/02/18)
Newtown 2-1 Llandudno (14/12/17)
Llandudno 2-1 Newtown (28/10/17)