The 2017/18 JD Welsh Cup final will have a bottom six side in it for the first time in over three years, after the semi final draw was made live on S4C’s Heno programme yesterday.
The draw pitted the top six and bottom six sides against each other, meaning either Connah’s Quay or TNS will face Bangor in an all Championship Conference semi.
The other semi final will feature Llandudno or Newtown vs Carmarthen or Aberystwyth, meaning one of the four will feature in this year’s final.
The last time a bottom six side reached the final was in 2014 when Aberystwyth faced TNS in a dramatic finale at Wrexham’s Racecourse Ground. The Saints ran out 3-2 winners, but due to UEFA rules at the time, the Europa League place went to Aber as runners up as TNS were already qualified for the Champions League.
Only one semi final survived the weekend’s wintry weather, with Bangor beating a good spirited Penydarren side 7-0 at the VSM Stadium in a live Sgorio game on Sunday.
All Citizens’ fans will be watching Connah’s Quay’s tie against Deeside closely, as the winners of their semi final will go onto be the hot favourites for the trophy.
The draw in full is as follows, with all three undecided fixtures being played this evening.
Bangor v Connah’s Quay Nomads or TNS
Newtown or Llandudno v Carmarthen or Aberystwyth.
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