Final four target FAW Trophy glory
9 March 2018

Final four target FAW Trophy glory

The four remaining teams in the FAW Trophy take to the field this weekend to decide who will compete in the final that was won last season by Chirk AAA.

Greenfield, Rhos Aelwyd, Penydarren BGC and Conwy Borough are the four teams left looking to get their hands on the trophy, and another exciting weekend of action is expected in the round that nobody ever wants to lose.

The holders exited the competition at the 5th round stage following a penalty shoot-out defeat to Llanrug United, but while there is a good chance that the trophy will remain in North Wales with three of the four remaining teams being based in that part of the country, Penydarren BGC have already made national headlines this season through their exploits in the JD Welsh Cup.

Greenfield v Rhos Aelwyd (at Airbus UK Broughton FC)

Welsh Alliance Division One outfit Greenfield have played all five of their FAW Trophy fixtures away from home this season, but that hasn't stopped the side scoring 21 goals on their way to reaching the last four.

An opening 2-1 win over St Asaph City in September was followed by high-scoring victories over Gaerwen, Mold Alexandra, Brymbo and Llanrug United, and the side will have few concerns about making the journey to Broughton.

Striker Sam Jones has been in fine form for the side this season, making headlines in the FAW Trophy with four goals in the 5-2 win over Mold Alexandra in the 4th round.

A goal from Ian Hughes ensured that Rhos Aelwyd would reach the semi-final stage of the competition as his header with just over ten minutes remaining proved to be the difference between his team and Buckley Town in the quarter-final.

The Wrexham-based side claimed victories over Penycae, Llanberis, Mochdre Sports and Abertillery Bluebirds before meeting Buckley Town last month.

But while the side turn their attentions to cup this weekend, they are also currently top of Welsh National League Division One, and as a result have plenty to play for as they approach the business end of the season.

Penydarren BGC v Conwy Borough (at Aberystwyth Town FC)

It has already been an incredible season for Penydarren BGC as Kerry Mullin's talented side enjoyed the national spotlight last weekend as they competed in the last eight of the JD Welsh Cup.

Although a 7-0 reverse at Bangor City dampened the spirits of the travelling fans, it was the teams first defeat of the season, and they will be desperate to make amends this week when they target a place in the FAW Trophy final.

Christopher Colvin-Owens has been a key figure for the side in attack throughout the campaign, his latest goal in the competition coming against Llangefni Town in the 2-0 win that booked their place in the semi-final.

Things could have been very different for Conwy Borough in the FAW Trophy this season as Gareth Thomas' side needed extra-time to edge past Holyhead Town in their opening round match back in September.

Since then the side have disposed of Coedpoeth, Cefn Albion, Llanfair United and Grange Albion, scoring 26 goals in the competition this so far this season.

A club steeped in Welsh football history having previously competed in Europe during the 1990's, Conwy were defeated FAW Trophy finalists in 2011, and would relish the opportunity to bring back former glory this season in a competition that they last won back in 1982.