WPL Play-off Semi Finals

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Rhys Llwyd

Rhys Llwyd

Wednesday, 8 May 2019, 15:13

The season is nearly over, but four clubs are still fighting for the last ticket to Europe in the WPL play-offs.

In five of the eight seasons since forming the WPL 12-team format, and in the last three years, the club that finished highest in the table has gone on to win the play-offs (17/18 Cefn Druids, 16/17 Bangor City, 15/16 Connah’s Quay).

It was Newtown who won in 2014/15 after finishing 6th and winning away games at Port Talbot and Aberystwyth to be crowned play-off champions.

Bala Town are the only club to win the play-offs after finishing in the Bottom Six (2012/13).

Friday, 10 May

Newtown (5th) v Bala Town (6th) | Friday – 19:45 Facebook Live
Bala Town are hoping to qualify for Europe for the fifth consecutive season and for the sixth time in their history.

Despite qualifying five times in the last six seasons, the Lakesiders are yet to win an European tie.

The defeat to Tre Fiori of San Marino last season was particularly disappointing for Colin Caton and he will be eager to make things right this summer.

Newtown have qualified for Europe three times, most recently in 2015 after winning the play-offs.

The Robins went on to beat Maltese side Valletta in the 2015/16 Europa League first qualifying round before losing out to Copenhagen of the Danish Superliga.

These clubs have met four times in the WPL this season and it’s Bala who have the better record (Bala won 2, Newtown won 1, drawn 1).

Last meetings:
Newtown 2-3 Bala Town (19/04/19)
Bala Town 2-2 Newtown (22/02/19)
Bala Town 3-2 Newtown (12/10/18)
Newtown 2-0 Bala Town (01/09/18)

Recent WPL form:
Newtown: ❌❌❌❌✅
Bala Town: ❌❌❌✅✅

Saturday, 11 May

Caernarfon (4th) v Cardiff Met (7th) | Saturday – 19:30 S4C
Caernarfon, the highest-ranked club in the play offs are arguably the favourites to qualify as they have secured home advantage.

But will the word ‘momentum’ be crucial on Saturday – Caernarfon of the Top Six have lost seven of their last 10 games, while Bottom Six side Cardiff Met have won seven of their last 10 outings.

It’s been a remarkable season for Caernarfon, who have finished 4th in their first season back in the top flight after a nine year absence.

Sean Eardley’s Cofis have already beaten the students twice this season without conceding a single goal.

Christian Edwards will be determined to leave his mark on the play-offs after falling at the final hurdle and losing in the play-off final in the last two seasons.

Caernarfon nor Cardiff Met have ever qualified for Europe in the past, but which team will make it to this year’s final next Sunday afternoon, 19 May.

Last meetings:
Caernarfon 2-0 Cardiff Met (17/11/18)
Cardiff Met 0-1 Caernarfon (26/08/18)

Recent WPL form:
Caernarfon: ❌✅✅❌❌
Cardiff Met: ✅❌✅✅✅

Highlights will be on Sgorio on Monday at 5:45 on S4C.