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The Irn Bru Cup

Semi Final Match Pack

Date Published: Sunday, 10th February, 2019 - 9:10am by Nik Mesney

Ahead of Saturday's Irn Bru Cup Semi Final, we take a look at some of the important information surrounding the game.

Matchday Information
The Semi Final kicks off at Deeside Stadium at 7:25pm and will be featured live on S4C's Sgorio from 7:20pm. Tickets will be priced at £10 for Adults and £5 for concessions - a slight increase on our usual ticket prices as enforced by the competition itself. 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.

Edinburgh City
Edinburgh City currently sit atop Scottish League Two on 52 points, four points clear of nearest rivals Peterhead, with whom they drew 0-0 on Saturday afternoon. The Citizens' recent form has seen the 0-0 draw at Peterhead preceded by a 3-1 victory over Albion Rovers, a 3-3 draw with Elgin City and a 2-1 defeat at home to Annan.

Their top scorer is 24-year-old Blair Henderson, who currently boasts 32 goals in all competitions, including six in the Irn Bru Cup, making him the top scorer in the competition this season.

Route to the Semi Finals
The Nomads
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 City
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.

Match Sponsor
We are pleased to have Jack Sargeant AM as the official matchday sponsor, and on sponsoring the game, Sargeant said; "I am proud to sponsor Connah's Quay Nomads in their upcoming Irn Bru semi-final against Edinburgh City. Local football is extremely important to our area and this is a fantastic opportunity to showcase Connah's Quay to the UK sport community. Good luck Nomads!"

You can find out more about Jack Sargeant AM by visiting jacksargeant.org

Potential Final
Should we progress to the final, it will take place on Saturday 23rd March with the venue yet to be confirmed, but we need to get there first, so please come along on Saturday and support us in our plight to become Irn Bru Cup finalists - you can confirm your attendance by visiting our Facebook event here >



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