JD Welsh Cup fourth round

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16 clubs will battle it our over the weekend for a place in the JD Welsh Cup quarter finals.

Friday, 24 January

Pen-y-bont v Cardiff Met | Friday – 19:45
Two of the Cymru Premier’s Bottom Six will meet in the JD Welsh Cup fourth round as Pen-y-bont go in search of their first ever win against the Archers.

Cardiff Met have already won at the SDM Glass Stadium this season (1-3), and also knocked Pen-y-bont out of the Welsh Cup in 2017/18.

In the last round Pen-y-bont saw off Porthmadog comfortably (6-1), while the students narrowly beat Pontypridd (1-0).

Flint Town Utd v Colwyn Bay | Friday – 19:45
It promises to be some game between the JD Cymru North’s 2nd and 3rd placed sides who both produced ‘giant-killings’ in the third round.

Flint have already beaten Four Crosses (9-0), Greenfield (1-3) and Bala Town (2-0) in the cup, while in their first season in the Welsh pyramid, Colwyn Bay have managed to reach the fourth round after knocking out Corwen (2-3), Nantlle Vale (0-1) and Airbus UK (1-0 a.e.t).

The clubs have met twice in the league this season, both teams winning the away fixture.

Ammanford v Caernarfon | Friday – 20:00 (S4C)
After thrashing the Old Gold in the third round, Lee Trundle and his cronies will hope to claim another Cymru Premier scalp this weekend.

Ammanford have knocked out Cardiff Draconians (4-1), Ton Pentre (3-1) and Carmarthen (0-4) to reach the Welsh Cup fourth round.

Caernarfon reached the semi final in 2017, and after easing past Goytre Utd in the last round (0-4) the Cofis will be hoping for a similar run this season.

Saturday, 25 January

Connah’s Quay v Afan Lido | Saturday – 14:30
The 2018 Welsh Cup winners, Connah’s Quay, are unbeaten at home this season, and will be hoping to keep that record intact this weekend.

Afan Lido of the JD Cymru South have won three home games to book a place in this season’s fourth round – Monmouth (3-1), Aberbargoed Buds (2-1), Llandudno (5-1).

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.

Cefn Druids v Pontardawe | Saturday – 14:30
Pontardawe of the third tier are the lowest ranked team remaining in the competition and since the Cwmtawe side have already been underdogs in their four previous cup games, they won’t be fearing the prospect of facing a top flight side this weekend – Penydarren (2-3), Cwmbrân Celtic (2-3 a.e.t), Croesyceiliog (6-1) a Buckley (3-1).

Cefn Druids have lifted the cup on eight occasions and featured in the first ever Welsh Cup final back in 1878 (lost 1-0 vs Wrexham).

The Druids reached the 2012 final (lost 2-0 vs TNS), but since that defeat the Cefn outfit have failed to get past the fourth round in each of the last seven seasons.

Swansea University v Prestatyn | Saturday – 14:30
It will be interesting to see how the leading clubs of the Cymru South and Cymru North fare against each other this weekend.

The clubs have never met before, but could be going head to head more regularly if they both manage to secure promotion into the Cymru Premier this summer.

Swansea University have knocked out Caerleon (4-1), Undy Athletic (5-6) and Cambrian & Clydach (3-0) to reach this round, whil Prestatyn have won away Llanrhaeadr (1-4), Bangor City (0-3) and Penrhyncoch (1-2).

Newtown v Rhyl | Saturday – 14:30
At Latham Park, two time Welsh Cup winners Newtown, will face four time winners Rhyl.

Its been a long wait since Newtown last won the cup in 1895, but Rhyl on the other hand lifted the cup as recent as 2006.

These two clubs met in the third round last season (New 1-2 Rhyl), and also went head to head in the 2014/15 Welsh Cup semi final where Newtown won 2-1 at The Rock before going on to lose 2-0 against The New Saints in the final.

The New Saints v Aberystwyth | Saturday – 14:30
After lifting the cup last May for the 7th time in their history, 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.

The holders won comfortably against Mold Alexandra in the last round (9-0), while Aberystwyth needed a last minute wonderstrike from Wes Baynes to see of Ruthin Town (2-1).

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).

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