FAW Welsh Youth Cup Semi-Final Preview

The New Saints Under 19’s will take on Llandudno Town in the Semi-Final of the FAW Welsh Youth Cup on Sunday.

The Cup clash will take place at Denbeigh’s Central Park will kick off at 14:00pm.

Steve Evans’ Saints beat Penrhyncoch 12-0 in the first round of the FAW Welsh Youth Cup before getting a bye in the second round.

Gap Connah’s Quay awaited the TNS Under 19’s in the third round and The Saints beat them by three goals to two, to secure a place in the Quarter-Finals.

A trip to Taff’s Well was next for Evans’ side and once again, the team put in a fantastic display, beating the South Walian side by six goals to one.

Evans has been really happy with his side so far this season and said, ‘The lads have done really well this season and I am really pleased that we have secured a place in the FAW Welsh Youth Cup Semi-Final, as well as currently sitting at the top of the Under 19’s Welsh Premier League.’

The former Wrexham defender also pointed out that the opponents on Sunday will be a real threat, ’Llandudno are going to pose a real threat on Sunday and we can not take them lightly. They are a good side and their Semi-Final spot proves that. We will be making sure that we carry on doing what has been working, which is going out and playing good football, as well as winning matches. The lads have been fantastic and now that we are getting into the business end of the season, I keep on telling them that we can not let all the hard work that has gone on this season go to waste.’

The Welsh International added that, ‘Managing the Under 19’s is a massive learning curve for myself and obviously with my playing career coming to an end in the next couple of years, managing is something I am looking at going into. I am delighted that we have got a chance of winning the FAW Youth Cup. We came second in the League last season and got to the Quarter-Final of the Youth Cup but this year we are on the brink of winning the League, which for me is really the most important. However, we will be playing Cup football on Sunday and obviously Gordon Evans and I would like to go through to the Final too.’

Swansea City will await the winners of the Semi-Final after beating rivals Cardiff City by three goals to one at Port Talbot last night.

The referee for Sunday’s match will be Steve Hughes.