Ending the first phase of the JD Cymru Premier with a 2-1 victory against Connah’s Quay Nomads – and in the process establishing a four-point lead at the top – sees The New Saints head into the Championship Conference full of confidence. Prior to commencement of league business, however, Scott Ruscoe’s side is in JD Welsh Cup action.
The current holders of the trophy, The New Saints lifted the cup last May with a 3-0 win against the aforementioned Nomads, at The Rock, the home of Cefn Druids. Aberystwyth Town are the visitors to Park Hall this time round, with the game being played on Saturday, January 25. Kick-off time is 2.30 p.m.
The holders beat Mold Alexandra 9-0 in the previous round, while Aberystwyth Town’s margin of victory against Ruthin Town was much closer, as they edged through 2-1. Both top-flight sides had home advantage in those games.
The TNS FC win, on December 7 last year, saw Kurtis Byrne find the net on four occasions. It’s not often Greg Draper is overshadowed, as far as the goals tally is concerned, but this time the New Zealand international scored twice. Blaine Hudson, Kane Lewis and Danny Redmond all contributed with one each.
The Welsh Cup began life in 1877 and apart from winning the league – which grants UEFA Champions League football – is considered by many to be the most prestigious of domestic knock-out competitions.
The New Saints has been in the final on eleven occasions and triumphed in seven of those. On the other hand, Aberystwyth have made the final four times and lifted the trophy just once. We have to go back to 1899 / 1900 for that one, as the Seasiders beat Cefn Druids 3-0.
If you’re visiting Park Hall for the game this Saturday, we have a fans’ guide that you may find useful. If you’re not there in person, then don’t miss out. Follow the action on TNS Radio and why not join in our word plant game, where you can win a prize.