This weekend's JD Welsh Cup Semi-Final ties see three of the top four involved. Naturally, this has an impact on European qualification for next season, chiefly through the following two permutations.
The New Saints and Connah's Quay Nomads will qualify for Europe IF Nomads beat Cardiff Met
One result will see both Saints and Nomads guaranteed European football next season.
This is because neither can finish lower than third in the table, and the only way either will finish third is if Barry Town United, also in the Semi-Finals, overtake them.
This would, should Nomads win, make both finalists top three teams, guaranteeing CQ and TNS a place in Europe either via their League position or via winning the JD Welsh Cup.
Third place will guarantee European football if BOTH Connah's Quay and The New Saints reach the JD Welsh Cup Final
Given that both Saints and Nomads can finish no lower than third, should they both qualify for the JD Welsh Cup Final, then third will be guaranteed a UEFA Europa League place, as the Cup winner will be in the top three, meaning that either
a) they will finish third and qualify as cup winners or
b) their European place for winning the Cup will revert to the third placed side should they have finished in the top two
Should Cardiff Met beat Nomads, then no sides will be guaranteed Europe this weekend.
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