There were no shocks on Fourth Round Saturday in the JD Welsh Cup as the favourites booked their places in the Quarter-Finals.
Cambrian & Clydach Vale, losing finalists in the Nathaniel MG Cup last week, continued their great run in cup competitions this season as they knocked out Rhyl 3-1 on penalties after a 2-2 draw at the M&P Group 3G.
Corey Shepherd’s strike from distance opened the scoring, but the home side were pegged back within ten minutes by Barry Torrance. Mike Jones restored Cam’s lead in the second half of extra time, but again the Lilywhites came back, Ben Nash levelling to take the game to penalties. There Rhyl’s luck ran out, as the visitors missed three of their four kicks.
Llangefni Town’s run ended at home to Llandudno, with the JD Welsh Premier League running out 3-1 winners at Cae Bob Parry. Played in treacherous conditions, the game remained goalless for long periods before George Harry broke the deadlock with twenty minutes to play.
That galvanised the visitors, and when Kai Edwards made it 2-0 minutes later it looked like they would be booking a place in the quarters. Danny Hughes added a third as time wound down for the Seasiders, with Alan Mark Owen netting an injury time consolation for the home side.
Holders Connah’s Quay Nomads came from behind to beat Carmarthen Town 3-1 at Richmond Park. A Liam Thomas penalty had put the Old Gold in front early on, but Michael Wilde equalised for the Nomads before the break. Two quick goals after the restart sealed the win for the visitors, with first Andrew Owens and then Callum Morris from the penalty spot ensuring Andy Morrison’s side progressed.
The two sides above them in the JDWPL table, Barry Town United and The New Saints, also progressed. Barry were 3-2 winners at home to Cefn Druids thanks to goals from Jordan Cotterill, Jonathan Hood and Kayne McLaggon, Naim Arsan and Matty Owen responding for the Druids.
Saints meanwhile had five different scorers in their 5-2 win away at Airbus UK Broughton. Danny Redmond and Blaine Hudson had the visitors two up inside the opening seventeen minutes, only for Chris Marroitt’s own goal on 21’ to bring the Wingmakers back within one.
Dean Ebbe made it 3-1 shortly after the break, before Lewis Buckley’s strike fifteen minutes from time gave Airbus hope. That was short lived though, as first Greg Draper then Adrian Cieslewicz from the penalty spot took Saints clear and into the next round.
Cardiff Met made it five wins in a row in all competitions as they beat Aberystwyth Town 3-1 at Park Avenue. Aber started the brighter and went in front through Ryan Wollacott’s header. Met worked their way back into things, and with their first real chance Will Evans turned smartly to equalise.
A mistake by debutant Aber ‘’keeper Callum Preston led to Met’s second, as he spilled an Adam Roscrow shot into the path of Chris Baker who tapped home. Roscrow then added a third in injury time to round things off for the Archers.
Bala Town scored four goals in extra time to overcome Haverfordwest County at Bridge Meadow. Steven Tames opened the scoring from the penalty spot five minutes into the extra period, and further goals from Henry Jones, Chris Venables and Kieran Smith took the 2017 winners into the last eight.
[Photo: Colin Ewart / Aberystwyth Town]