The Football Association of Wales is pleased to announce a JD Welsh Cup Semi Final double header with both matches being played at Latham Park Newtown on Saturday 2nd April 2016.
The first match, in a feast of Welsh Cup Football, will be played between Port Talbot Town and Airbus UK with a 1pm kick-off. The second match for fans to enjoy will be between holders TNS and gap Connah’s Quay, which will kick-off at 17:15 and will be shown live on S4C’s Sgorio.
The Steelmen of Port Talbot will be hoping to reach the Final for only the second time in their 115 year history. Previously, they reached the showcase in the 2009-10 season, but were beaten 3-2 by Bangor City at Parc Y Scarlets, Llanelli.
Airbus UK Broughton have never reached the Final, but will be hoping to go one step further than last year, when they succumbed 4-2 to eventual winners TNS at the same Latham Park venue in Newtown.
The winning manager, either Andy Dyer or Andy Preece, will then be able to sit back and watch the second semi-final play out as Craig Harrison’s Saints face Andy Morrison’s gap Connah’s Quay. The holders have only lost one game all season and that was to Connah’s Quay in January.
Harrison’s record in the Welsh Cup is excellent, having lost only one match to Bangor City in the 2012/13 season. He has guided his full-time outfit to Welsh Cup glory for the past two years in a sequence of thirteen unbeaten matches.
Connah’s Quay, who are a reinvigorated side under Morrison, will be aiming to reach their first final since they lost on penalties to Bangor City in the 1997/98 season at the Racecourse.
Sue Butler, S4C Content Commissioner Sport said, “Holding both semi-finals of the JD Welsh Cup in the same venue at Latham Park will add to the magic of the day. We are delighted that S4C will be part of the occasion!”
FAW Head of Competitions Andrew Howard added; “The opportunity to host a JD Welsh Cup Semi Final double-header provides us with a feast of football.
“I hope the event develops a strong following amongst Welsh football fans and this decision will be vindicated by the attendances and also the standard of football on show on the excellent Latham Park surface.
“Another important and attractive factor is the fan-friendly and fantastic price of just £8 for the two games. Spectator facilities at the stadium are excellent with the social club having undergone a recent refurbishment, so come rain or shine; the fans will enjoy a comfortable day.
“The event has all the ingredients to grow, so perhaps the experiment of 2016 will be a permanent fixture in our sporting calendar for years to come.”