What a fantastic two quarter-finals we have featuring teams from the north in the Nathaniel MG Cup tomorrow night (Tuesday).
Two of the Cymru Premier’s finest will take on a pair of the very best the Cymru North has to offer.
Prestatyn Town, current runaway leaders of the Cymru North on a nine-match winning run, lock horns with top flight high-flyers Bala Town at Bastion Gardens.
And in a much-awaited derby, Cymru Premier table-toppers Connah’s Quay Nomads welcome tier-two title hopefuls Flint Town United to Deeside Stadium.
It has to be said that both of these ties carry a genuine chance of an upset.
So strong are the Prestatyn and Flint squads, that a win double for the lower league on Tuesday evening would be viewed as a minor shock only.
Victories for Bala and Nomads would not be seen as a surprise, but are also some distance from a sure thing.
In short, there are ample ingredients for two tremendous cup-ties.
To reach this stage, Prestatyn have beaten two Cymru Premier sides away, thrashing Caernarfon Town 4-1 and edging past Cefn Druids 2-1, while also seeing off fellow league side Llanrhaeadr 4-2.
Bala needed penalties to squeeze past Bangor City in the last round, but caned Gresford Athletic 7-0 in the stage before.
As for Flint, they have eliminated Porthmadog 5-1 and beat Cymru Premier Airbus 2-1, both at home, while Nomads also required spot-kicks to get past Cymru North underdogs Guilsfield in the last round having overcome Rhyl 2-0 at the previous hurdle.
Nathaniel MG Cup quarter-finals line up (Tuesday, October 29, 7.45 pm kick-offs)
Prestatyn Town v Bala Town
Connah’s Quay Nomads v Flint Town United
Newtown v STM Sports
Carmarthen Town v Aberystwyth Town
Nathaniel MG Cup 2019-20 results to date
Northern Section – third round
Guilsfield 1 (Callum Bromley) Connah’s Quay Nomads 1 (Jamie Insall) (Nomads won 5-3 on pens)
Caernarfon Town 1 (Sion Bradley) Prestatyn Town 4 (Jack Kenny 2, Jordan Davies 2)
Flint Town United 2 (Nathan Brown, Richie Foulkes pen) Airbus UK Broughton 1 (Oliver Lanceley)
Bala Town 1 (Louis Robles) Bangor City 1 (Francesco Serafino) (Bala won 7-6 on pens)
Southern Section – third round
Briton Ferry Llansawel 0 Carmarthen Town 2
Newtown 2 Penybont 1
STM Sports 1 Haverfordwest County 1 (STM won 7-6 on pens)
Cardiff Metropolitan (holders) 0 Aberystwyth Town 1
Round two north
Airbus UK Broughton 4 (Gethin Stephens OG, Steve Tomassen, Matthew Sargeant, Alex Darlington) Llanfair United 0
Bala Town 7 (Louis Robles 3, Steven Leslie, Chris Venables, Lee Molyneux, Henry Jones pen) Gresford Athletic 0
Cefn Druids 1 (Ryan Kershaw) Prestatyn Town 2 (Ian Griffiths, Rob Hughes)
Bangor City 1 (Simone Rea) The New Saints 1 (Kurtis Byrne) (Bangor won 4-2 on pens)
Corwen 0 Caernarfon Town 2 (Gareth Evans, Noah Edwards)
Flint Town United 5 (Alex Titchiner 2, Nathan Brown, Andy Brown, Mark Cadwallader) Porthmadog 1 (Sion Parry)
Guilsfield 1 (Adam Jenkins) Llandudno 0
Rhyl 0 Connah’s Quay Nomads 2 (Nathan Woolfe, Ryan Wignall)
Round one north
Berriew 0 Corwen 2 (Tom Williams, Sam Henry)
Buckley Town 0 Rhyl 2 (Danny Sullivan, Tom Creamer)
Conwy Borough 0 Bangor City 1 (Eugenio Dalia)
Gresford Athletic 1 (Jordan MacCarter) Colwyn Bay 0
Llanfair United 3 (Karl Seliaerts, Josh Astley, Ashley Davies) Llangefni Town 1 (Craig Roberts)
Prestatyn Town 4 (Ian Griffiths, Rob Hughes, Michael Parker, Kyham Wyton own goal) Llanrhaeadr 2 (Mattie Jones 2, 1 pen)
Guilsfield 3 (Jake Cooke, Stuart Rogers, Jack Richards) Ruthin Town 0