It’s still JD-sponsored but this weekend (Saturday, March 30), The New Saints and Barry Town United swap the Welsh Premier League for the Welsh Cup as they go head-to-head in the semi-final encounter on neutral territory. The game, at Newtown AFC’s Latham Park, has a 7.30 p.m. kick-off time.
Along with other top flight sides, both TNS and Barry entered the JD Welsh Cup in round three, with opponents from the second tier (south) of Welsh football. Regionalised beyond the Welsh Premier League, the Linnets hosted Rhys Griffiths’ Penybont, while The New Saints made the journey south to play Cwmbran Celtic.
Although it went to extra time, Barry Town United eventually won 4-1, while a Chris Seargeant hat-trick ensured that Scott Ruscoe’s team had a happy journey back to Park Hall with a 3-0 victory come the final whistle.
Again at home in round four, Barry beat fellow Welsh Premier League side, Cefn Druids with a 3-2 scoreline. Again, The New Saints were away to second tier opposition, this time the much shorter journey to the Hollingsworth Group Stadium. A 5-2 win against Airbus UK Broughton booked a quarter-final place.
The pattern of home and away continued as Barry beat Cambrian & Clydach Vale BGC 3-2 at Jenner Park, while The New Saints defeated Llandudno FC 8-1 at Maesdu Park.
The game on Saturday is live on S4C and as always, TNS Radio will also be bringing commentary.