Aberystwyth Town FC
JD Sports FAW Welsh Cup
|06.05.18 | 2:45pm|
|Match played at Latham Park, Newtown|
Sunday afternoon see Connah's Quay Nomads and Aberystwyth Town face off at Newtown's Latham Park in the 131st Welsh Cup Final.
The game offers the opportunity for The Nomads to win the JD Welsh Cup for the first time since the Club's inception in 1946 - a previous version of the club, Connah's Quay and Shotton did defeat Cardiff City 3-0 in the 1929 final, however since TG Jones founded Connah's Quay Juniors, and latterly The Nomads, the club have never had their name etched on the famous trophy.
The Nomads' last appearance in the Welsh Cup Final was in 1998 - a game which saw The Nomads take lead thanks to a Steve Futcher strike mid-way through the second half until a late Bangor equaliser from Ken McKenna forced the game into extra time at Wrexham's Racecoure ground. A winner couldn't be decided in extra time and the game went to penalties - ultimately, The Citizens came out 4-2 winners with ex-Nomads Nicky Brookman scoring the deciding penalty to rub salt into the wounds.
Aber's last appearance in the final was in 2014, again at Wrexham's Racecourse ground against The New Saints. Aber took an early lead thanks to a brace from Chris Venables, sending them 2-0 up within 12 minutes. Aber couldn't hold on however as a late rally from TNS saw a brace from Greg Draper draw things level in the 78th minute before The Nomads' current number nine, Michael Wilde popped up with the winner in the 87th minute.
It has been over 10 years since the two years sides met in the cup when The Nomads came out 2-1 victors before eventually losing out 6-2 to Llanelli in the Quarter Finals. It was a case of mixed results earlier this year when the pair met in the first phase of the JD Welsh Premier League as The Nomads came out 5-1 winners at Deeside Stadium thanks to goals from Kai Edwards, Michael Bakare, Melford Simpson and two from Michael Wilde. Conversely, the game at Park Avenue saw Aber walk away with the three points after a 4-2 victory in a game which saw Michael Wilde have three goals disallowed, so there is a possibility of a high scoring affair this Sunday at Latham Park.
Morrison can't wait for final
Ahead of the game, Andy Morrison said; "Sunday's game is the opportunity to turn a fantastic season into the greatest in the club's history. Both Aberystwyth and ourselves thoroughly deserve our places in the JD Welsh Cup Final - neither team have had easy paths and between us have knocked out the best teams in the JD Welsh Premier League."
"It's my first final personally as a manager, and it's something I cant wait to experience. Neville's been there, done it, and got the t-shirt so obviously has got experience on his side - if we weren't playing Aber, I wouild have called him to pick his brain about playing in the Welsh Cup Final!"
"Aber have shown on many occasions this season that, on their day, thay can beat anyone in the league and also have the players who can win a game on their own - after a slow start, the performances and results have improved and I expect Aber to ba a major force next season in the top six. What we have to try and do this Sunday is control their danger players which won't be easy - we need to look to exploit the reasons that Aber have been fighting relegation this season."
Morrison continued, saying; "Having beaten them 5-1 at home on grass and losing 4-2 on their 3G, many might sat that the venue will favour Aber, but I don't see it that way - a final is a complete level playing field and we also have a great record at Newtown. For me personally, the most important thing on Sunday is down to Connah's Quay or Aberystwyth being the best team on the day - if the outcome is based on that, then the footballing Gods wil decide who wins, and win or lose, everyone from Aberystwyth and Connah's Quay will go home happy."
The Nomads will be without Callum Morris following his straight red card in the closing stages of the defeat at Cefn Druids last Friday, however Jonny Spittle will be available to play against his former side. Ryan Wignall will face a late fitness test ahead of the game to see if he will be available.
Referee: Iwan Griffith
Assistant Referees: Gareth Wyn Jones and Lewss Edwards
Fourth Official: Rob Jenkins
The game will as always be covered by our minute-by-minute Twitter feed and will also be broadcast live on Sgorio from 2:30pm with a 2:45pm kick off on S4C.
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Senior Citizen (65 and over): £4
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