The New Saints FC
JD Welsh Cup
|05.05.19 | 2:45pm|
|The Rock, Wrexham|
This Sunday will see Connah's Quay Nomads defend their JD Welsh Cup crown against The New Saints at the home of Cefn Druids, The Rock.
The Nomads come into the game having completed our most successful campaign in recent years - this has seen us reach our highest ever points talley in the Welsh Premier League's 12 team format and best goals scored record since the league was founded in 1992.
Goals have also come freely in this season's JD Welsh Cup run, having scored 12 goals in four games with victories over Guilsfield, Carmarthen Town, Caernarfon Town and Cardiff Met en route to the final.
TNS meanwhile have had to overcome two lower league opposition in the shape of Cwmbran Celtic and Airbus before defeating Llandudno and Barry Town United in the Quarter Finals and Semi Finals respectively.
Our last Welsh Cup meeting against TNS was in last season's Quarter Finals which saw goals from Michael Bakare and Callum Morris as we progressed to the Semi Finals on the way to our first ever cup success.
Ahead of the game, Andy Morrison said "As the holders of the JD Welsh Cup, we will be doing everything we can to retain the trophy. Our task is a very difficult one against the League champions who, since the split, have shown the huge gulf between themselves and the rest of the league.
The question is, just how good are they? I always remind myself that in my seven years in the league, they have a 100% failure rate when they are the underdogs - yes, they can bully teams and put eight past Llandudno, seven past Bala, six past Newtown, Aberystwyth and Llanelli, but when they are the underdogs against a superior opposition and need to stand up and show courage, they fail every single time.
The talent you were given as a footballer will not reflect where you play your football - your courage, desire and bravery alongside your talent will determine the stage you play on.
As Mohammad Ali famously said 'The will must be stronger than the skill' - the footballing world is a challenging place where you can succeed and you can fail. Who am I to judge a man who places himself where he can't fail! With a dozen players out of contract at TNS at the end of the season, let's see how many challenge themselves to be the best they can be and maybe fail and let's see how many take the safe and easy option."
The game kicks off at 2:45pm at the home of Cefn Druids, The Rock on Sunday afternoon and will be broadcast live on Sgorio. Tickets will be available on the day with prices are set at £8 for Adults, £4 for Over 65s and Students, and £2 for Under 16s.