The New Saints FC
JD Welsh Cup
|01.04.17 | 2:30pm|
|Match played at Bangor University Stadium|
Saturday afternoon will see The Nomads head to Bangor University Stadium to take on The New Saints in the JD Welsh Cup Semi Final.
The game marks the sixth occassion that The Nomads face TNS this season, having previously met three times in the Dafabet Welsh Premier League and twice in the Nathaniel MG Cup (including the match which was abandoned due to fog at Deeside Stadium).
The New Saints have the better of the record this season having defeated The Nomads twice in the league and knocking The Nomads out of the Nathaniel MG Cup before going on to win the competition, however The Nomads will head into the game in good spirits having won the most recent encounter between the two sides at Deeside Stadium thanks to goals from John Disney and Declan Poole little over ten days ago. The Nomads are also one of the few sides to have inflicted a number of defeats on the champions over the past 18 months, having picked up three victories over the side from Park Hall since last January.
While The New Saints will be looking to make their fourth successive final, The Nomads will be aiming to reach the final for the first time since 1998. On that day at Wrexham's Racecourse ground, The Nomads led through a Steve Futcher goal in the second half only for a late equaliser from Ken McKenna to force the game into extra time with The Nomads finally losing out on penalties.
Ahead of the game, Andy Morrison said "Everyone connected with the Club is looking forward to the semi final of the JD Welsh Cup on Saturday. We know that if we do things right, are disciplined out of possession and most importantly, take our chances when they come, we can beat TNS.
Having beaten TNS three times in little over a year and dominating the recent game at Deeside and coming out 2-1 winners, there is a real belief in the team that this could be our year.
We were 2-1 down in the 90th minute, down to ten men and ended up beating Goytre 3-2 thanks to goals in the 92nd and 94th minute from Les Davies. We then needed John Danby to save in the penalty shootout against Prestatyn to keep us in the Cup and he did exactly that and we went on to win the game - maybe it's our year."
Morrison concluded; "We are in great form - dominating games and playing our best football of the season, so we head to the Bangur University Stadium on the front foot with everything to play for. The hardest thing for me will be picking a starting eleven as so many players are on form and warrant being in hte starting team."
The game kicks off at Bangor University Stadium at 2:30pm and The Nomads can thank local construction firm, Rowlands Contracting for sponsoring us for the game. You can find out more about Rowlands Contracting by visiting their Facebook page at facebook.com/rowlandscontracting