Cefn Druids AFC
JD Welsh Premier League
|27.04.18 | 7:30pm|
The 2017/18 JD Welsh Premier League will come to a conclusion this Friday night as Connah's Quay Nomads face Cefn Druids with second place in the league on the line.
The Nomads will be looking to equal last season's second-place finish, which saw the club record our highest ever Welsh Premier League position, while Bangor City will be looking to better The Nomads' result on Friday night.
The Nomads head to The Rock to face Druids on the back of a first defeat in eight games in all competitions, a 3-1 loss at TNS last Friday, while Druids also come into the game on the back of a narrow 1-0 defeat to Bangor City on Sunday afternoon.
The last time the two sides met saw a monumental effort from The Nomads at Deeside Stadium as after both Jay Owen and George Horan were shown straight red cards, the side rallied to come back from a goal down and win 2-1.
The previous encounter at The Rock saw another victory from The Nomads despite not having 11 men on the pitch for the majority of the game. Ryan Wignall sent The Nomads ahead in the 16th minute before seeing red following a dispute with the referee. A strong performance from John Danby kept Huw Griffith's side at bay and The Nomads went on to win 1-0 on Boxing Day.
While The Nomads face Druids, Bangor will travel to Bala where they will be looking to better The Nomads' result. We currently sit on the same points, but with a better goal difference of +19 compared to Bangor's +16. Whoever can better each other's result will finish second and pick up automatic Europa League qualification and a place in the Irn Bru Scottish Challenge Cup.
Ahead of the game, Andy Morrison said "Friday's game against Druids can't come quickly enough - for everyone connected with the club, it's the biggest game of the season. The fact that Druids also need to win will create a great atmosphere."
"We are the form team in Welsh Football having won six out of seven and playing very very well - for an hour against TNS we were the better team, we controlled the pace of the game and should have been 2-0 up, but then, TNS were awarded a very soft penalty which has changed the game."
Morrison concluded by saying; "We have an incredible mentality which has come thorugh time and time again - no matter what we have thrown at us, we will find a way to win and that is exactly what we will have to do on Friday night."
The Nomads will welcome back both George Horan and Jonny Spittle following their suspensions, while Ryan Wignall will miss the game through injury.
Referee: Kevin Parry
Assistant Referees: Gareth Wyn Jones and JB Roberts
Fourth Official: Tom Owen
The match will be broadcast live on S4C's Sgorio, with coverage starting from 7:15pm. As always, full updates will be available through the club's official Twitter account.