Date: Fri 01 Mar 2019

JD Welsh Cup QF Preview

Seven JD Welsh Premier League sides are in action on the weekend as the JD Welsh Cup reaches the Quarter-Final stage.

The top three in the table are all in action. Leaders Connah’s Quay Nomads travel to Caernarfon Town to kick the weekend off on Friday night (19:45 – Live on Sgorio Facebook Page).

This is the only game between sides in the same half of the table after the split: Nomads were 6-2 winners on Deeside when the sides met three weeks ago, but couldn’t score on their only visit to the Oval so far this season, that game finishing goalless.

The Cofis won the first meeting between the sides 1-0 thanks to a Jamie Breese strike. Breese misses this one through suspension, as does Joe Williams. Alex Ramsey is tipped to have recovered from the slight knock that saw him rested in Monday’s defeat to The New Saints, while Andy Morrison should have a full squad to choose from.

Previous JD Welsh Cup Meeting: 1982/83 Second Round:
Connah’s Quay Nomads 1-3 Caernarfon Town

The New Saints are gunning for their seventh JD Welsh Cup title and they travel north to face Llandudno. The sides have met three times this season, twice in the League and once in the Nathaniel MG Cup quarter-finals. Saints have won all three meetings by a combined score of 15-1, but the Seasiders have turned a corner of late, two wins in their last three games taking them off the bottom of the League table.

The home side have Michael Pearson suspended after his red card in last week’s win against Llanelli, while for Saints Tom Holland returns from a one match ban.

Previous JD Welsh Cup Meeting: 2001/02 Third Round:
Total Network Solutions 1-0 Llandudno

Barry Town United meanwhile host Cambrian and Clydach in the live clash on S4C.

This is Barry’s first appearance at this stage since they reached the Semi-Finals in 2012/13, while for Cambrian it’s their first ever Quarter-Final.

Both sides have been having impressive seasons to date: Barry are still in the WPL title race, while Cambrian are in the promotion hunt and have only lost one of their last twenty games.

That was at Jenner Park in the Nathaniel MG Cup Final against Cardiff Met, on the road to which they beat Barry in the First Round at the M&P 3G.

Previous JD Welsh Cup Meeting: N/A

Possibly the most intriguing tie is at Maes Tegid, where Bala host Cardiff Met. Each side has a 3-0 win over the other this season already and both will be looking at this competition as one they desperately want to win.

Colin Caton has already said this week how important the Cup is to the Lakesiders, particularly as their chances of a top three finish are diminishing. Winners two seasons ago, Bala may see the Cup as their best route back into Europe for
the fifth consecutive season.

Met on the other hand now have the cup winning bug, having already claimed the Nathaniel MG Cup in January. The Archers haven’t progressed past this stage of the competition before, so will be out to break another bit of history on Saturday.

Previous JD Welsh Cup Meeting: 2010/11 Fourth Round
UWIC 4-1 Bala Town

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