Connah’s Quay Nomads reached the JD Welsh Cup Final for the first time in twenty years with a 6-1 thrashing of Bangor City in Rhyl.
With top scorer Michael Wilde missing due to suspension, the striking onus fell on Andy Owens, and the Nomads forward delivered with a superb hat-trick to help fire his side into next month’s Final.
A cagey first quarter of an hour gave little clue of what was to follow. City had a spell of pressure, but Danny Holmes long range effort was the only chance that tested John Danby in the Nomads goal.
Kai Edwards and Callum Morris both went close from corners for Nomads, before the pressure tolled on City and Owens opened the scoring on 28’, heading home a Ryan Wignall cross.
Wignall turned scorer six minutes later, threaded through by Michael Bakare’s deft backheel to slot home past Matthew Hall.
It was three before half time, Owens flicking a long ball from Danby for Michael Bakare to round Hall and cap off a great nine minutes for the Nomads.
Any hopes Bangor had of staging a comeback looked to have vanished eleven minutes after the break, as Owens grabbed his second. The forward collected a long ball forward, but still had lots to do on the edge of the box, making space for the shot before rifling home.
He completed his hat trick on the hour mark, capping off a quick Nomads break after City’s Danny Gosset had lost possession in the Nomads half.
Bangor got one back after George Harry converted from the spot after Kai Edwards handled in the box. It was a consolation only though, and more so when Nathan Woolfe rounded off the scoring a minute afterwards to send Nomads into their first final since 1998.
The second Semi-Final between Newtown and Aberystwyth Town takes place tomorrow (Sunday) with at 12:00 kick-off, and will be streamed live on the Sgorio Facebook page and the S4C website.