Irn Bru Cup
|16.02.19 | 7:25pm|
This Saturday sees Connah's Quay Nomads aiming to get to our second cup final in as many seasons as we face Edinburgh City in the Irn Bru Cup Semi Final.
The game, which kicks off at 7:25pm, will see the current leaders of Scottish League Two, Edinburgh City come to Deeside for what promises to be an exciting affair with both sides looking to make it to the final of the Scottish Challenge Cup for the first time in both club's respective history.
We are hoping for a good crowd at Deeside Stadium having had great feedback on social media and a great deal of media coverage from local outlets to help promote the game, including interviews with local newspapers, a feature on Sgorio, and even Match Sponsor, Jack Sargeant AM wishing us good luck at the Senedd on Wednesday afternoon which you can see below;
Children from local schools and junior football teams who regularly use The Quay 3G facility have also been invited along to take in the game, so if you are in the north Wales area on Saturday night, why not come and support The Nomads and help create a great atmosphere at Deeside Stadium.
The Nomads come into the game in fine form having thumped Caernarfon 6-2 this past weekend, on the back of an impressive 3-1 victory away at Carmarthen in the JD Welsh Cup, while Edinburgh head south having hit an indifferent spell for the first time this season, having been dominant for most of the campaign, they have lost one, drawn two and won only one of their past four games, including a 0-0 draw at Peterhead this past Saturday, which Andy Morrison travelled up to see, leaving Deeside Stadium and immediately heading north of the border last Friday night.
The Nomads have the opportunity to become the first non-Scottish team to make the final in the history of the Scottish Challenge Cup having beaten two Scottish and one Irish side en route to the final. Our run started back in September with a 1-0 victory over Falkirk thanks to a Michael Wilde header. This setup a tie with Coleraine who brought a vocal band of supporters to Deeside Stadium in October, but goals from Andy Owens and George Horan were enough to see off the NIFL Premier League runners up. Horan was again on the scoresheet in the 2-1 victory over Queen's Park at Hampden Park, along with Michael Wilde, to setup this mouth-watering tie.
Edinburgh's run in the cup started back in early August with a 3-1 victory over Albion Rovers, a game in which Blair Henderson netted twice. Henderson was again on the scoresheet in September when The Citizens overcame East Kilbride 3-2 before defeating Arbroath in October 4-1. They nearly lost their place in the competition when they drew 2-2 with Alloa Athletic in the Quarter Finals, only to come out on top in the resulting penalty shootout.
The game itself will, if required go to extra time and penalties to decide a winner on the night. In previous rounds of the competition, games without a winner after 90 minutes would go straight to penalties, however the rule change ahead of the start of the competition states; all games up to and including the quarter-finals will go straight to penalties rather than extra time if level after 90 minutes.
The game kicks off at 7:25pm on Saturday night and tickets are priced at £10 for general admission and £5 for concessions.