Irn Bru Cup
|16.11.18 | 7:45pm|
Friday night sees Connah's Quay Nomads travel to play Queen's Park in the Irn Bru Cup at the home of Scottish Football, Hampden Park.
The match marks The Nomads' third outing in the Scottish Challenge Cup this campaign following victories over Falkirk and Coleraine this far in the competition, leading to Friday's mouth-watering tie inside the near 52,000 seater stadium in Glasgow.
Victory over Scottish Championship side Falkirk in early September marked The Nomads' first victory in the competition and it was followed up with a 2-0 victory over Irish side Coleraine in the next round, booking a quarter final trip to Glasgow having yet to concede a goal in the competition so far.
Queen's Park meanwhile have reached the quarter finals by virtue of two penalty shootout victories and a 4-2 victory over St Mirren Colts in the Third Round. Friday will not be the first time that the team from Hampden Park have faced Welsh Premier League opposition however, as one of their penalty successes came at the expense of The New Saints in the Second Round at Park Hall.
Currently sitting sixth in Scottish League Two, The Spiders haven't conceded a goal at home since a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Edinburgh City in late September, and are currently on an six game unbeaten run with their last defeat coming away at Elgin City in late September.
The Nomads go into the game at the top of the JD Welsh Premier League following last weekend's thrilling 2-2 draw with Barry Town United at Deeside Stadium - a game which could have gone either way, but a result that kept The Nomads top of the table.
Ahead of Friday night's clash, Andy Morrison said "Our reward for beating Falkirk inthe previous rounds of the Irn Bru Cup is to head to the home of Scottish football, Hampden Park to play Hampden Park this Friday evening.
Again, for me, this game shows how far we have come as a football club in such a short perioud of time - it is a reqrd for the hard work that everyone at every level within the club have put in over this period.
We head north in great form and with a fully fit squad to choose from, so it will take a very good team to stop us. We are mindful of the fantastic result that Queen's Park had against TNS away earlier in this competition and the run of form they are currently on. Our preparation has been meticulous and there is a great energy around the place."
Morrison concluded by saying "We have a huge eight days with Newtown away next Wednesday followed by the semi final ofthe League Cup on the Saturday against Cardiff Met, but we are only focused on Queen's Park - we travel up Thursday and train Friday morning before the game - everyone connected with the club can't wait for Friday evening."
The game will be covered as always by our live Twitter feed, however the game will also be live on BBC's Gaelic channel, BBC Alba which can be found on channel 169 on Sky with coverage starting at 7:35pm and the game kicking off at 7:45pm.