Cefn Druids AFC
JD Welsh Premier League
|29.12.17 | 7:45pm|
Friday's game against Cefn Druids marks the final chapter in the 2017 calendar on what has been another hugely successful year at Connah's Quay Nomads.
2017 started off with a 0-0 draw at Bala Town and was quickly followed up by some impressive results which helped secure a place in the JD Welsh Cup Semi Final, a place in the UEFA Europa League Qualifying Rounds, and for the first time ever, a place in the Scottish Challenge Cup, better known as the Irn Bru Cup. While the success didn't come in the Irn Bru and Welsh Cup competitions for The Nomads,
a memorable European night that will live long in the memories for Nomads fans occurred at the Bangor City Stadium when Andy Morrison's side toppled Finnish giants HJK Helsinki 1-0 thanks to a Nathan Woolfe goal.
Since then, The Nomads have gone on to announce the intention to transition to a full time club, with the first set of full time players signing in mid 2017, and the Club's Academy has gone from strength to strength, seeing more players moving on to high profile clubs in the Football League system. Not only has the Academy continued to flourish, but The Nomads' Hall of Fame held it's inaugural induction ceremony seeing a number of Club Legends rightfully have their name etched in the Club's history.
Just this past week, The Nomads' Academy were informed that both Karter Cutler-Evans and Conor Harwood had been selected for the Wales Colleges 2018 Roma Caput Mundi tournament - the same tournament in which Harwood was named Player of the Tournament in 2017.
More recently, The Nomads have helped themselves to second place in the JD Welsh Premier League table with their Boxing Day victory at Cefn Druids, where a Ryan Wignall strike early in the first half was enough to secure all three points.
Ahead of Friday's game, Andy Morrison said "Our Boxing Day result - a 1-0 in the first of our back-to-back games, again showed me the character and strength of our group. We played the entire second half with 10 men and never looked like being beaten.
We had 3-4 great chances early in the game to make thing a lot more comfortable and having Ryan Wignall sent off made it a real test for the remainder of the game.
The players never folded - they stood up to everything a very good Druids team threw at them and rightfuly took the three points."
Morrison concluded; "We will be ready for Friday's game and we will look to continue our excellent home form."
The game kick off at Deeside Stadium at 7:45pm.