Bangor City FC
JD Welsh Cup
|07.04.18 | 7:35pm|
|Match played at Corbett Sports Stadium, Rhyl|
Saturday evening will see what is arguably one of the biggest games of the season so far in Welsh domestic football as The Nomads face Bangor City in the JD Welsh Cup Semi Final.
The game takes place at Rhyl's Corbett Sports Stadium on Saturday evening and will mark the fourth time that the the sides have met so far this season. Bangor have the edge in regards to results so far, having won three of the games, while The Nomads picked up a 2-0 victory in the Nathaniel MG Cup thanks to late goals from Michael Wilde and Callum Morris back in early October.
The Route to the Semi Finals
En route to the showdown at Rhyl, The Nomads had to overcome Cwmbran Celtic 3-0 in the third round as well as a 3-1 victory over Porthmadog in the fourth round, before being handed the task of defeating The New Saints in the Quarter Finals. Goals from Michael Bakare and Callum Morris were enough to overcome the recently crowned league champions and book The Nomads' place inthe Semi's.
The Citizens route to the Semi's started with a tricky tie against Cwmamman United in the third round, who pushed Bangor all the way in an enthralling 4-3 game, before being drawn away at Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant. Again, Bangor were tested by the lower league opposition as the game ended 3-2 in favour of The Citizens, however they had no such struggles against Penydarren in the Quarter Finals as they emerged 7-0 winners.
Despite the two sides having been part of Welsh domestic football for so long, there have only been four meetings between the sides in the Welsh Cup in the past 50 years, with all four of them coming from 1998 onwards. That first meeting in 1998 was in the final no-less, at Wrexham's Racecourse ground where over 2,000 spectators saw Bangor pick up the victory in the cruelest fashion for The Nomads - on penalties, with ex-Nomads Nicky Brookman scoring the decisive spot kick after the game had ended 1-1 after extra time. Since then, the sides have met on a further three ocassions, with the Citizens coming out on top each time, 1-0 11 years later in the 08/09 campaign, before another 1-0 defeat, this time in the 2010/11 semi final. At that point, The Nomads were part of the Huws Gray Cymru Alliance, while Bangor City were high-flying in the Welsh Premier League, however went on to lose out 4-1 in the final to Llanelli. The most recent match up between the pair was in the 2012/13 season where an own goal and a strike from former Nomad Gary O'Toole were enough to send the Citizens through.
Recent Cup Form
The Nomads have this year somewhat exorcised a demon of theirs, in knocking out The New Saints. It was TNS who had ended The Nomads' cup run in each of the last three seasons, at the quarter final stage in 2015 and at the semi final stage in both 2016 and 2017. Bangor meanwhile were also knocked out by TNS last season in the Quarter Finals, shocked by Holyhead Hotspur in Round Three in 2016 and fell at the hands of Newtown in the Quarter Finals in 2015.
"The biggest game in domestic Welsh football so far this season"
In the official JD Welsh Premier League podcast earlier this week, Mark 'Jonah' Jones dubbed the tie as "The biggest game in domestic Welsh football so far this season". Jones continued to say "[Andy] Morrison and [Kevin] Nicholson will tell you, this could be their biggest game of the season if anything should go wrong in the league" when referencing the fact that both sides are also still fighting for second place in the JD Welsh Premier League.
Ahead of the game, Andy Morrison spoke to the official FAW Website, saying "You always try and take some form of comfort from any game, whether they go to plan or not, what I do take from the last time we played Bangor is that we were much better than them on the day, and I stuck my chest out after the match and said we are the second-best team in this league and we'll go on to prove that." Morrison added "It would be great to see a lot of very, very hard-working, loyal people to Connah's Quay Nomads Football Club get to a JD Welsh Cup Final. Once you get to a final, anything can happen. However, we're looking no further ahead than Saturday evening, as that game demands our full focus."
You can check out Morrison's full interview here.
Speaking to The Nomads' official website ahead of the Semi Final, Assistant Manager Jay Catton said "We face one of the strongest Bangor City sides in their history, who have shown in particular with their two league wins against TNS this season, including last weekend's 1-0 victory - they are serious league challengers and will provide a huge task for us this weekend. We go into the game after an incredible March - four victories have seen us have to deal with a total of seven senior players due to suspensions and injuries. A remarkable achievement which shows the quality, togetherness and standard of our squad aling with the mentality to ind a way to win against all odds, consistently."
The Nomads will still be without Michael Wilde and Jay Owen who sit out the last game of their suspensions. George Horan will also still be missing through suspension.
Referee: Dean John
Assistant Referees: Daniel Beckett and Phil Thomas
Fourth Official: Mark Petch
The game will as always be covered live by our minute-by-minute Twitter feed and will also be broadcase live on Sgorio from 7:30pm on S4C.
Over 65: £4
Under 16: £1
Tickets are not required to be pre-purchased and can be bought on the gate.