The journey to the 133rd JD Welsh Cup final continues this weekend with the remaining 16 teams hoping to book themselves a place in the quarter-final draw.
LIVE: JD Welsh Cup Round 4
AMMANFORD vs CAERNARFON TOWN
- Friday, 24 January 2020
- KO 8:00pm
- Coverage: Live on Sgorio, S4C & BBC Radio Wales
A third of the clubs from the JD Cymru Premier were eliminated in the 3rd round as Bala Town, Barry Town United, Carmarthen Town and Airbus UK Broughton all saw their cup dreams end at the first hurdle. Now the remaining top eight teams from the domestic top-flight will look to move one step closer to lifting the famous trophy in May.
The action begins with three intriguing fixtures on Friday night. Ambitious JD Cymru South outfit Ammanford cruised past Carmarthen Town 4-0 at Richmond Park live on S4/C Sgorio, and they will have the opportunity to again showcase their talent and ambition when the cameras head to the Rec for the visit of Caernarfon Town. The visitors comfortably eliminating another JD Cymru South side, Goytre United, in the last round with a 4-0 win.
Elsewhere on Friday evening, JD Cymru Premier rivals Penybont and Cardiff Met go head-to-head. A solitary goal from Will Evans was enough for the Archers to edge past Pontypridd Town in the last round, while Rhys Griffiths' Penybont side made light work of Porthmadog with a 6-1 success against their north Wales opponents.
Flint Town United claimed an impressive scalp in the 3rd round with a 2-0 victory over 2016/17 winners Bala Town. Callum Bratley and Andrew Brown scored the goals that ensured a memorable result for the Silkmen and their young manager Niall McGuiness. The side now host Colwyn Bay on Friday night after the visitors edged past JD Cymru Premier outfit Airbus UK Broughton with a 1-0 win.
Holders The New Saints made light work of Mold Alexandra in the 3rd round as Scott Ruscoe's side registered a 9-0 victory, but they can expect a tougher test at Park Hall on Saturday against Aberystwyth Town. Kurtis Byrne scored four for the Saints, while the Seasiders defeated Ruthin Town to move the 2017/18 finalists closer to another showpiece occasion.
JD Cymru South side Afan Lido reached the 2006/07 final under the guidance of Paul Evans, and the former midfielder will look to repeat the achievement having recently returned to the helm. The side eased past Llandudno with a 5-1 victory, but now face a much tougher challenge in the shape of an away trip to Andy Morrison's Connah's Quay Nomads. The Nomads defeating Abertillery Bluebirds 3-0 despite a spirited performance from their lower league opponents in the previous round.
Pontardawe Town are the lowest-ranked team left in the competition, and the third-tier outfit make the long journey to Cefn Druids in the 4th round. The team from the Welsh League defeated Buckley Town of the JD Cymru North 3-1 to reach this stage of the competition thanks to goals from Joshua Roberts and a brace from Callum Silcox. Meanwhile, the Druids claimed a 2-0 victory over Guilsfield at the Rock to ensure their progress in the competition.
Prestatyn Town lifted the JD Welsh Cup in 2012/13 with a famous victory over Bangor City at the Racecourse, and make the trip south to Swansea University on Saturday. The two teams are top of the JD Cymru North and JD Cymru South respectively, and a tight contest is expected as a result. Swansea University defeated Cambrian & Clydach in the last round, while Prestatyn Town edged past Penryncoch with a 2-1 win away from home.
The fixture between Newtown and Rhyl completes the weekend action. Newtown claimed an impressive 1-0 win over Barry Town United at Jenner Park, while Aaron Hassall and Tommy Creamer ensured that Rhyl would progress into the 4th round at the expense of STM Sports. Newtown reached the final of the competition in 2014/15, while Rhyl last lifted the trophy in 2005/06.
For a full list of Round 4 fixtures in the JD Welsh Cup, click here.