Will Aberystwyth get their hands on the Welsh Cup for the first time in 118 years, or will Connah’s Quay’s become the 34th club to lift the cup…?
Aberystwyth v Connah’s Quay | Sunday – 14:45 (S4C)
Latham Park, Newtown
Aberystwyth hope to get their hands on the Welsh Cup for the first time since 1900 (118 years ago).
The Seasiders won 3-0 against Cefn Druids in the 1900 final – the only major trophy in the club’s history.
Since 1900, Aberystwyth have reached the final twice – lost 2-0 vs Bangor in 2009 (Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli) and lost 3-2 vs TNS in 2014 (Racecourse, Wrexham).
Aberystwyth have done extremely well to reach the final having faced a WPL club in every round this season, knocking out holders Bala Town along the way.
The Black & Greens are on a run of four games without defeat in all competitions, and now hope for a win on Sunday to qualify for Europe for the first time in four years.
The Nomads are hoping to lift the Welsh Cup for the first time in their history.
Connah’s Quay have never won a major trophy (WPL, Welsh Cup, League Cup).
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 lost on penalties after the game ended 1-1 (Neville Powell was the Connah’s Quay manager on that day).
The Nomads have secured European football after finishing 3rd, but qualifying through the Welsh Cup will feel like more of an achievement for Andy Morrison’s men.
Like Aberystwyth, Connah’s Quay have certainly earned their place in the final after knocking out the top two sides in the WPL, TNS and Bangor
If the Nomads win the cup then Bala Town (4th) will qualify for Europe and Cefn Druids (5th) will receive a bye into the play-off final.
If Aber win then Bala will host Barry, and the Druids will host Met in the play-off semis.
The clubs have met twice in the league this season – one win each and a bagful of goals.
There’s been over a decade since their last meeting in the Welsh Cup which Connah’s Quay won 2-1 in the 2006/07 second round.
The final league table suggests that Connah’s Quay will be favourites, but after the Nomads’ disappointment of losing out on the runner-up spot last weekend, and since Aber finished strongly, this game could go either way.
On this day in 1914, Wales scored their first penalty in international football. The honour went to Evan Jones of Bolton Wanderers, scoring against Ireland at The Racecourse, Wrexham.