Welsh Cup Semi Finals – live on Sgorio

Football – FAW Welsh Cup – Final – Aberystwyth Town v Connahs Quay Nomads
Cai Thomas

Cai Thomas

Thursday, 28 Mar 2019, 11:50

It’s Welsh Cup weekend and the Dragons of Barry Town take on Scott Ruscoe’s Saints, before the Nomads attempt to teach the students of Cardiff Met a footballing lesson – all to be played on Latham Park and live on Sgorio.

All four of the remaining sides have experience in lifting the trophy – TNS and Barry are both six time winners, Connah’s Quay won their first ever Welsh Cup last year and Cardiff Met won the Cup in 1999 as Inter Cardiff.

Saturday, 30 March

The New Saints v Barry Town | Saturday– 19:30 (S4C)
After demolishing the Cofis 4-0 last weekend, confidence has returned to Barry Town.

The Dragons are hoping to reach the Welsh Cup Final for the first time since 2003 – which was the last time they won the Cup.

Standing in their way are The New Saints – the only side in the WPL that Barry have failed to beat this season.

After putting eight goals past Llandudno in the Quarter-Final, The New Saints have reached their seventh Welsh Cup Semi-Final in eight years.

The New Saints have won the Cup on six occasions but have failed to win the trophy since beating Airbus in the 2016 Final.

Barry Town have already beaten Penybont, Cefn Druids and Cambrian & Clydach, whilst TNS have eliminated Cwmbrân Celtic, Airbus UK and Llandudno on their way to the Semi-Final.

Recent games:
The New Saints 2-2 Barry Town (16/02/19)
Barry Town 0-2 The New Saints (17/11/18)
The New Saints 5-1 Barry Town (12/08/18)

Sunday, 31 March

Cardiff Met v Connah’s Quay | Sunday – 12:30 (Facebook Live)
After the disappointment of losing the Irn Bru Cup Final last week, Connah’s Quay have a chance to reach their second Final of the season with a win on Sunday.

Challenging the Nomads are Cardiff Met – a side that have already beaten Connah’s Quay in a Semi-Final this season – in the Nathaniel MG Cup on their way to winning the competition for the first time in the club’s history.

If holders Connah’s Quay win the Cup for the second season in a row, they’ll join TNS, Barry Town and Bangor in being the only sides to retain the trophy since 1995 (since the competition’s rules were changed to include teams only from the Welsh pyramid).

Connah’s Quay have reached the Welsh Cup’s Semi-Final for the fourth season running and have only lost one of their last 12 games in the competition.

Inter Cardiff won the Welsh Cup in 1999, but ever since Inter Cardiff merged with UWIC to create Cardiff Met, this is the furthest they’ve reached in the competition.

Connah’s Quay have beaten Guilsfield, Carmarthen and Caernarfon, whilst Met have beaten Ton Pentre, Aberystwyth and Bala Town to reach the Semi-Final.

Recent games:
Connah’s Quay 6-1 Cardiff Met (22/12/18)
Connah’s Quay 0-1 Cardiff Met – Nathaniel MG Cup Semi-Final (24/11/18)
Cardiff Met 1-3 Connah’s Quay (07/10/18)

Highlights of the Welsh Cup Semi-Finals will be on Sgorio on Monday at 5:35.