Welsh Cup Final Preview

Cai Thomas

Cai Thomas

Friday, 3 May 2019, 09:35

The Welsh Cup final is almost here and the top two clubs will battle it out for the trophy. Connah’s Quay are the holders after winning the cup for the first time in their history last year.

The New Saints are the opponents – a side that pinched the Welsh Premier League title from the Nomads’ grasp earlier on in the season.

Sunday, 5 May

Connah’s Quay v The New Saints | Sunday – 14:45 (S4C)

First against second, the holders against the competition’s most successful side in the last decade – the statistics say that this will be the most competitive Welsh Cup final in 15 years (2003/04 was the last time that the top two in the WPL faced each other in the Welsh Cup final).

Connah’s Quay have reached their second final this season after becoming the first non-Scottish side to reach the final of the Irn-Bru Cup. TNS are hoping to lift the Welsh Cup for the 5th time in 8 years.

Scott Ruscoe will be hoping to complete the set on Sunday – the Welsh Cup is the only major Welsh trophy that he’s yet to win as manager. If Ruscoe’s men don’t win on Sunday, they will have failed to win a double for the first time since 2013. Should TNS succeed at The Rock on Sunday, this will be their seventh Welsh Cup win.

The New Saints won the two key matches against Connah’s Quay in the second part of the season, pipping the Nomads to the Welsh Premier League title. However, it was Connah’s Quay who came out victorious in the last Welsh Cup fixture between the two sides, defeating TNS in last year’s quarter-final on their way to winning the cup for the first time.

A Connah’s Quay win on Sunday would see them join TNS, Barry Town and Bangor as the only clubs to retain the Welsh Cup since 1995 (since the competition was made exclusive to teams from the Welsh Pyrmaid).

The two clubs will have faced each other in the cup for the fifth season in a row after Sunday’s match: Connah’s Quay were the last side to beat TNS in the cup (quarter-final, 2018), whilst The New Saints are the only side that have beaten the Nomads in the competition since 2013 (semi-final in 2017 & 2016, quarter-final in 2015).

Connah’s Quay have only lost 1 of their last 13 games in the cup, whilst TNS have only lost 2 of their last 27.

Recent games:
The New Saints 1-0 Connah’s Quay (26/04/19)
Connah’s Quay 0-2 The New Saints (09/03/19)
The New Saints 3-0 Connah’s Quay (20/10/18)
Connah’s Quay 1-0 The New Saints (19/08/18)

Recent results in the WPL:
The New Saints: ✅✅✅✅✅
Connah’s Quay: ✅❌✅➖❌

Highlights of the Welsh Cup final will be shown on Sgorio Monday night at 5.45 on S4C.