The Welsh Cup quarter final is upon us, as Bangor welcome Penydarren on Sunday before the other three matches take place on Tuesday night.
Bangor v Penydarren | Sunday – 14:45 (S4C)
Penydarren BGC might not have been known to all Welsh football followers before this season, but since the small club from Merthyr have upset all the odds to reach the Welsh Cup quarter final, they have sprung into the spotlight this season.
Penydarren play their football in the 5th tier of the Welsh pyramid, and there are 64 league positions separating Bangor and their visitors this Sunday.
Kerry Mullins’ side are unbeaten this season, havin played 25 games in all competitions, winning 24 and drawing one.
Penydarren entered the Welsh Cup for the first time this season and their remarkable journey started in the qualifying rounds, knocking out Penrhiwceibr Rangers and Brecon Corries before victories against Cardiff Corinithians, STM Sports, Llandudno Junction and Pontypridd to see them through to the last eight.
The fuzzy bearded frontman, Christopher Colvin Owens (pictured above) has been the starman for Penydarren, scoring at least once in every round of the Welsh Cup this season (10 goals in six games).
Bangor will no doubtedly be the biggest challenge that Penydarren have faced to date, as the Citizens are no strangers to Welsh Cup glory having lifted the cup on eight occasions.
Kevin Nicholson’s side have had two close encounters with lower league sides to reach the quarter final this season (4-3 vs Cwmamman, 2-3 vs Llanrhaeadr), and will be determined to reach the semi final for the first time in five years.
The Citizens have been enjoying a good run of results recently, winning four of their last five games and although they will be clear favourites to bring Penydarren’s unbeaten run to an end, Mullins’ boys will most certainly put up a fight.
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).
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).
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.
On this day in 2003, Wales lost 1-0 to Russia in front of 73,000 fans at the Millenium Stadium.