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Nefyn meet World Cup winner, 1876 target 13th straight victory, upsets in the air – it can only be the Welsh Cup!

Can Nefyn United cause a huge upset and knock Bangor City out of the Welsh Cup? Picture: Teejac Sports

Welsh Cup weekend is almost upon us and round one is the stage where tier-two clubs enter the competition.

For Nefyn United, that means a home tie against eight-time cup winners Bangor City of the JD Cymru North.

What a prospect for the Penwaig! A meeting with 1986 World Cup winner with Argentina, and now Citizens manager Pedro Pasculli.

Nefyn’s long-serving secretary Eifion Parry is urging people from the area to turn out in force to support a unique occasion.

“It would be nice if the people of Pen Llyn came out to cheer the home side as something like this may never happen again,” said Eifion.

“We all know how Bangor have been demoted by the FAW from the Welsh Premier and will geared up for a quick return.

“For years Nefyn had wanted this draw, but times have now changed. Gone are the famous Bangor Army which had around 300-400 followers which would have set up Nefyn until end of the season (financially), but the club still has the die-hard followers.

Nefyn secretary Eifion Parry (right)


“These days Bangor are in the Cymru North with a manager Signor Pasculli who won the World Cup with Argentina.

“Pedro has been used to playing in front of around 60, 000 so a visit to Cae’r Delyn will be a real eye-opener for him to see how the grassroots football teams survive.

“The Bangor team is now made up mostly of Italian players, but I don’t think this is a downward step as only last week they beat Welsh champions TNS in a cup match.

“Nefyn are in fine form at the moment having won nine out of the last 10 matches, but we will have to up our game to be in contention with our opponents this Saturday

“In the last round, Nefyn’s player manager Carl Jones was voted player of the round after scoring a hat-trick against a side two divisions higher than us, so it’s already been a good competition for the Penwaig.”

Rest of the ties (kick-offs 2 pm)

Bangor 1876 v Penycae

Jamie Petrie has netted 22 goals for 1876 so far this season. Picture: Kevin Owen


What a cracking tie is in store at Treborth.
Bangor 1876 of the tier five Gwynedd League are aiming to make it 13 straight wins in all competitions, having dumped two tier three sides out of national knockouts already.
In their 12 consecutive victories to date, 1876 have netted 73 goals, top-scorer Jamie Petrie on 22.
Penycae are a strong mid-table side in the tier three Welsh National League Premier Division, so this could be the biggest test yet for 1876.

Blaenau Amateurs v Buckley Town
After suffering a 4-0 home defeat to Bodedern Athletic last weekend, Welsh Alliance Division One side Blaenau will be anxious to bounce back, but it will be tough against Cymru North visitors Buckley.
Key to the Quarrymen’s chances are prolific striker Meilir Williams.

Chirk AAA v Llannefydd
Still winless in the WNL Premier Division, Chirk’s confidence was boosted with a stunning 5-4 success at Cefn Albion in the last round of the Welsh Cup.
Llannefydd are one of the stronger teams in Welsh Alliance Division Two and can push their hosts all the way in this one.

Coedpoeth United v Gresford Athletic

Coedpoeth United have already caused some upsets this season


Massive game for WNL Division One side Coedpoeth as they welcome a team from two leagues higher to Stansty Park.
Karl Fenton’s side have been one of the biggest upset merchants in North Wales football so far this season.
In the Welsh Cup, they have eliminated Rhostyllen of the WNL Premier 3-2 and Llandyrnog United of Welsh Alliance Division One 4-2, as well as seeing off Prestatyn Sports of WAL D1 in the FAW Trophy 4-2.
On top of this, Coedy went to WNL Division One leaders Hawarden Rangers last weekend and shattered their 100% record with a 6-4 triumph.
Gresford are a very capable Cymru North outfit but know they will need to be on form to get past this hurdle.

Conwy Borough v Ruthin Town
These two Cymru North sides met in a league encounter at Y Morfa just a month ago and it finished 1-1.
It could be very close again when they clash on Saturday.
Watch out for Conwy’s Corrig McGonigle – 12 goals already this term.

Corwen v Colwyn Bay
A repeat of a league tussle between this Cymru North pair last Saturday, which Bay won 2-0.
The Seagulls make a long-awaited return to Welsh Cup combat and they will want to make the most of it, but Corwen will be buoyed by a first league win of the campaign on Wednesday – a 3-1 outcome at Conwy Borough.

Flint Town United v Four Crosses
The Mid-Wales visitors have knocked out Rhayader Town and Llansantffraid Village, but Cymru North title hopefuls Flint will represent a considerable step up in class.
The free-scoring Silkmen will be out to progress in style.

Greenfield v Caersws
Former Welsh Premier club Caersws are now a mid-table Mid-Wales League outfit.
Still a capable team are the Bluebirds, but with home advantage and having made a decent start to the season, Greenfield should be too strong.

Guilsfield v Brymbo
Really good-looking tie.
Guilsfield can be a mighty force on their day – ask Connah’s Quay Nomads – while Brymbo are top of the WNL Premier and seeking a return to past glory days.
Potentially one of the games of the round and very difficult to predict.

Holyhead Hotspur v Montgomery Town
Welsh Alliance Division One leaders Hotspur are scoring plenty of goals and must have a big chance of seeing off a Montgomery team who needed penalties to squeeze past Berriew in the last round.

Holywell Town v Llandudno

Holywell have a more than decent chance against Llandudno. Pic: Lee Douglas


Another one to get the pulses raising.
Unbeaten so far this season, Holywell made history in 2013-14 by becoming the first (and still only) tier three team to reach the Welsh Cup semis.
Standing in their way of a second round berth are Cymru North side Llandudno, whose form has been very patchy to date. No surprise to see a giant-killing here.

Llanberis v Porthmadog
After a poor start to the season, Port have taken seven points out of nine from their last three Cymru North matches and must start favourites to win at Welsh Alliance Division One stalwarts Llanberis.
Not beyond the realms of possibility for there to be an upset, though.

Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant v Prestatyn Town
On a run of nine straight wins in all competitions, Prestatyn beat Saturday’s opponents 4-2 on the opening day in the Nathaniel MG Cup.
Llanrhaeadr have gone on to make their best-ever start to a Cymru North campaign and will certainly kick off Saturday’s Welsh Cup tie with a fair chance of victory.

Llanrug United v Aberffraw

Aberffraw (yellow and black) recently knocked higher division Glan Conwy out of the Welsh Cup. Picture: David Harper


Cup romance in the air at Eithin Duon?
Welsh Alliance Division Two strugglers Aberffraw have beaten EIGHT higher level teams in either the Welsh Cup or FAW Trophy in the past five seasons.
One of them was Llanrug in the 2016/17 Trophy.
United will start favourites on Saturday, but they have not made the strongest of starts this term and you can never count out Berffro in a one-off game.

Mynydd Isa Spartans v Llanfair United

Mynydd Isa caused a huge shock by eliminating Denbigh Town in the last round


WNL Division One side Spartans caused a huge surprise in the last round when they won 3-2 at then Welsh Alliance leaders Denbigh Town.
Can they do it again, at home, against a Llanfair side from two levels higher?

Nantlle Vale v Rhydymwyn
Both teams recorded excellent wins in the last round – Vale beating Bodedern 2-1 at Rhydymwyn celebrating a 3-1 triumph at Saltney Town.
A 50-50 tie at Maes Dulyn, Nantlle possibly just holding the edge with home advantage.

Prestatyn Sports v FC Queen’s Park
Sports enjoyed a great win over Llandudno Albion in qualifying round two and have got their act together more of late.
The Park are one of the very best the WNL Premier Division can offer. Should be a good battle.

Rhyl v Llangefni Town
Four-time cup winners Rhyl take on fellow Cymru North hopefuls Llangefni at Belle Vue.
The Lilywhites are third in the table with Cefni down in 14th.
Rhyl narrowly beat their Anglesey opponents 2-1 at home in the league back in August, and a similar outcome could be on the cards on Saturday.

Waterloo Rovers v Mold Alexandra
Mid-Wales Division Two side Waterloo have a 100% league record this season and boast impressive Welsh Cup wins over Churchstoke (6-1) and Welshpool Town (5-4).
Mold are fourth in the WNL Premier with just one loss to date – a 3-1 reverse at Holywell Town last Saturday.
Will Alex meet their Waterloo at Maes-y-Dre? The Flintshire lads are certainly good enough to progress.

JD Welsh Cup round one draw – North/Mid section (2 pm ko’s)

Bangor 1876 v Penycae
Blaenau Amateurs v Buckley Town
Chirk AAA v Llannefydd
Coedpoeth United v Gresford Athletic
Conwy Borough v Ruthin Town
Corwen v Colwyn Bay
Flint Town United v Four Crosses
Greenfield v Caersws
Guilsfield v Brymbo
Holyhead Hotspur v Montgomery Town
Holywell Town v Llandudno
Llanberis v Porthmadog
Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant v Prestatyn Town
Llanrug United v Aberffraw
Mynydd Isa Spartans v Llanfair United
Nantlle Vale v Rhydymwyn
Nefyn United v Bangor City
Prestatyn Sports v FC Queen’s Park
Rhyl v Llangefni Town
Waterloo Rovers v Mold Alexandra

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