This season’s Welsh Cup would appear to be as wide open as ever ahead of tonight’s fourth round draw.
While holders The New Saints and Connah’s Quay remain strong contenders after comfortable wins on the weekend, an even spread of clubs from across the top-two tiers of the domestic system should make up for an unpredictable last-16 line-up.
Two of the Cymru Premier’s leading sides Bala Town and Barry Town both exited the competition, the former being at the centre of the shock of the third round after Flint Town United claimed a sensational 2-0 win at Cae-y-Castell. At Jenner Park, Barry Town were defeated by Newtown for a successive week as their poor run of form continues.
10-man Aberystwyth needed a late response after Ruthin Town’s Ilan Hughes scored an 88th-minute penalty to seemingly rescue the Cymru North side. Wes Bayne’s duly delivered a minute into added time with a stunning 20-yard finish to send the Seasiders into the next round.
Cardiff Met and Cefn Druids both avoid upsets at home against Pontypridd Town and Guilsfield respectively, while a first-half brace from Darren Thomas got Caernarfon Town on their way to a comfortable 4-0 win in south Wales against Goytre United.
Cymru North leaders Prestatyn Town overcame Penrhyncoch and 2006 Welsh Cup winners Rhyl overcame STM Sports.
Cymru South duo Swansea Uni and Afan Lido both progress, while Pontardawe Town, who’re languishing at the foot of the Welsh League Division 1 (third tier), picked up an impressive 3-1 win over Cymru North side Buckley and go into Round 4 as the lowest ranked team remaining in the competition.
The tie between Penybont and Porthmadog was abandoned in extra-time after Penybont goalkeeper Rhys Wilson suffered a serious back injury. His club have since tweeted that the player is fortunately ok and that the match has been rescheduled for next Saturday.
Ammanford and Colwyn Bay both caused upsets on Friday night with victories over Cymru Premier strugglers Carmarthen Town and Airbus UK.
Featured image courtesy of Bala Town FC.