JD Welsh Cup third round

Football – FAW JD Welsh Cup Final – Connah’s Quay Nomads FC v The New Saints FC

The 12 Cymru Premier sides join the 20 lower league clubs who’ve made it into the Welsh Cup third round.

Friday, 6 December

Colwyn Bay v Airbus UK | Friday – 19:45
In their first season in the Welsh pyramid, Colwyn Bay have managed to reach the Welsh Cup third round after knocking out Corwen (2-3) and Nantlle Vale (0-1).

Colwyn Bay sit in 4th place in the Cymru North, while Airbus have dropped into the Cymru Premier relegation zone following a league record defeat at the hands of The New Saints on Saturday (Air 0-12 TNS).

Less than four years ago, Airbus reached the Welsh Cup final, losing out to TNS again on that day, although it was a much tighter affair back in May 2016 (TNS 2-0 Air)!

Carmarthen v Ammanford | Friday – 20:00 (S4C)
In the Carmarthenshire derby live on Sgorio this Friday night, Carmarthen manager Kristian O’Leary will face his old Swansea team-mates, Lee Trundle and Andy Robinson, who have partnered up once again in the front-line for Cymru South outfit, Ammanford.

The Old Gold sit bottom of the Cymru Premier table after winning only one of their 16 league games to date.

Ammanford have won at home against Cardiff Draconians (4-1) and Ton Pentre (3-1) to reach the Welsh Cup third round.

Saturday, 7 December

Abertillery Bluebirds v Connah’s Quay | Saturday – 14:30
Abertillery Bluebirds, who sit 9th in the fourth tier of Welsh football are the lowest ranked club remaining in the competition and now face a tough challenge against the 2018 Welsh Cup winners, Connah’s Quay.

After lifting the cup for the first time in their history in 2018, the Nomads once again reached the final last season, but lost 3-0 vs TNS in the final at the Rock.

Abertillery Bluebirds have seen off Dinas Powys (4-0), Lucas Cwmbran (3-1), Penparcau (3-1) and Llanidloes (4-3) to reach the third round of the cup.

Aberystwyth v Ruthin Town | Saturday – 14:30
Aberystwyth have reached the Welsh Cup final twice in the last six season, but lost in both those finals – vs The New Saints (2014) and Connah’s Quay (2018).

Aberystwyth haven’t won any of their last seven home games, since beating Carmarthen on the opening weekend of the season back in August.

Ruthin Town are currently 11th in the Cymru North and have won away at Conwy (1-2) and Bangor 1876 (0-2) to reach this stage of the competition.

Goytre Utd v Caernarfon | Saturday – 14:30
After beating Garden Village (1-3) and Cefn Cribwr (6-4), Goytre Utd have reached the third round for the second consecutive year.

Caernarfon reached the semi final in 2017, but have never reached the final, and Sean Eardley will be hoping for a good cup run this season.

Goytre Utd have won their last five home games, while the Cofis have lost their last three games on the road.

Flint Town Utd v Bala Town | Saturday – 14:30
Flint Town Utd welcome Bala Town to Cae y Castell in the third round of the Welsh Cup for the second year running.

A floodlight failure meant that the live game between the sides had to be postponed last season and Bala Town were the eventual winners in the re-scheduled match (Flint 0-3 Bala).

Flint are currently in 2nd place in the Cymru North and have beaten Four Crosses (9-0) and Greenfield (1-3) to book a fixture against the 2017 Welsh Cup winners, Bala Town.

The New Saints v Mold Alexandra | Saturday – 14:30
Welsh Cup holders, The New Saints will be aiming to win the cup for the eighth time to become level with Bangor City and Cefn Druids who are joint 4th in the list of clubs who have lifted the cup the most times.

Mold Alexandra will be the visitors at Park Hall, a third tier club who have remarkably scored eight goals in each of their previous three games in the Welsh Cup this season: Castell Alun Colts (8-0), Waterloo (1-8) a Llanrug (8-1)!

Other fixtures
Cefn Druids v Guilsfield
Afan Lido v Llandudno
Cardiff Met v Pontypridd
Penrhyncoch v Prestatyn
Pen-y-bont v Porthmadog
Pontardawe v Buckley
Swansea University v Cambrian & Clydach
Barry Town v Newtown
Rhyl v STM Sports

Welsh Cup highlights will be on Sgorio this Monday at 5:30 on S4C.