Can a North Wales side make it into the FAW Women’s Welsh Cup semi-finals this season?

The last North Wales women’s team to make a Welsh Cup final were Llandudno in 2016

Can a North Wales side reach the 2019-20 FAW Women’s Cup semi-finals?

Of the eight clubs remaining in the competition, three are from the north.

Perhaps unfortunately, none of them drew each other in the quarters, which would have assured a northern presence in the last four.

However, North Wales does feature in three of the remaining four ties.

Here’s a look at them…..

Connah’s Quay Nomads v Port Talbot

Lani Bouckley is blazing a comeback trail for the Nomads. Pic: NCM Media

In their first season as a team, Nomads have done superbly well to reach the last eight of the premier knockout competition in Welsh women’s football.

Can they go any further? It will be a tough ask against a Port Talbot outfit currently lying fourth in the Welsh Premier Women’s League.

Talbot actually play a league game at Llandudno on December 8, so that would be an opportunity for the Quay to weigh up the opposition on February 9 next year.

Sara Hilton’s side are now stronger in attack for the return from injury of Lani Bouckley, who netted a hat-trick in Sunday’s highly impressive 8-3 cup victory over higher division Denbigh.

Nomads also possess players with Welsh Premier League experience, so they are unlikely to overawed by their South Walian visitors.

Llandudno v Abergavenny

Key player: Llandudno’s Anna Jones (white). Picture: Sian Armstrong

Llandudno look to have the best chance of the three remaining North Wales sides to reach the semis, having been drawn at home to Abergavenny, who are below them in the Welsh Premier.

Tudno lost 2-1 at Maesdu Park to the same opponents at the identical stage of last season’s Welsh Cup, so hopefully they can learn from that experience.

Being at home will certainly help Sarah Colville’s side, as they have generally struggled badly on their travels this season.

Much will also depend on the strength of team available to the Seasiders on the day. With the tie being at home, they can hopefully field a formidable line-up.

Swansea City v Bethel

Bethel’s Ffion Williams can trouble any defence

Bethel are definitely the outsiders of the northern teams left in the Welsh Cup.

Not because they are particularly weaker than the other two, but due to the fact they have to travel to mighty Swansea in the last eight.

Three-time Welsh Cup winners the Swans are currently top of the WPWL with six straight victories.

They have experienced players galore who are used to winning things on a regular basis.

However, they should not under-estimate Bethel.

As they proved in getting past Rhyl in round two, the Caernarfon area side are full of fighting spirit and possess a nice blend of youth and experience.

If they could frustrate the Swans and not concede that all-important early goal, it could get interesting.

Whatever happens on the day, Bethel will do the North Wales League proud.

Swansea play at Llandudno in the WPWL League Cup this weekend, so perhaps a chance for someone from the Bethel camp to take a look.

Cardiff City FC Women v Cardiff Met University

For the north, the good thing about these two giants being drawn together is that one of them is going out.

Met have won the cup twice in the past three years, while City have lifted the trophy a record 11 times (albeit via a mix of the Cardiff City LFC – Cardiff City FC Women saga).

FAW Women’s Welsh Cup quarter-final draw

Cardiff City Women v Cardiff Met University
Connah’s Quay Nomads v Port Talbot
Llandudno v Abergavenny
Swansea City v Bethel
(Ties to be played February 9, 2020)

FAW Women’s Cup history (1992 – )

Pilkington won the first-ever Welsh Cup in 1993. Picture: Ceri Purvis

North Wales have lifted the FAW Women’s Cup five times since the competition began 27 years ago.

Pilkington (Rhyl) won it in 1992-93 and 1993-94 and Bangor City were successful in 1996-97, 2000-01 and 2001-02.

The north featured in the first six finals, winning three of them.

The last time a northern side came close to winning the tournament was in 2002-03, when Bangor City lost 1-0 to Cardiff City in the final. That was City’s eighth final appearance.

We have had a few finalists since then, but all were well beaten.

FAW Women’s Welsh Cup list of finals
1992-93: Pilkington (Rhyl) 1-0 Inter Cardiff
1993-94: Pilkington (Rhyl) 2-2 (4-2 pen) Inter Cardiff
1994-95: Inter Cardiff 1-1 (4-3 pen) Bangor City
1995-96: Newport Strikers 1-0 Bangor City
1996-97: Bangor City 3-0 Newcastle Emlyn
1997-98: Barry Town 3-0 Bangor City
1998-99: Barry Town 3-0 Newport Strikers
1999-2000: Barry Town 2-2 (3-0 pen) Bangor City
2000-01: Bangor City 3-0 Newport Strikers
2001-02: Bangor City 4-2 Newport County
2002-03: Cardiff City 1-0 Bangor City
2003-04: Cardiff City 4-0 Newtown
2004-05: Cardiff City 4-1 Cardiff City Bluebirds
2005-06: Cardiff City 11-0 Pwllheli
2006-07: Cardiff City 6-1 Caernarfon Town
2007-08: Cardiff City 9-0 NEWI Wrexham
2008-09: Cardiff City 3-0 Caerphilly Castle
2009-10: Cardiff City 6-0 UWIC
2010-11: Swansea City 3-0 Caernarfon Town
2011-12: Cardiff City 1-1 (4-2 pen) UWIC
2012-13: Cardiff City 3-1 Cardiff Met
2013-14: Cardiff Met 4-0 Swansea City
2014-15: Swansea City 4-2 Cardiff City
2015-16: Cardiff City FC Women 5-2 Llandudno
2016-17: Cardiff Met 2-2 (5-4 pen) Swansea City
2017-18: Swansea City 2-1 Cardiff City
2018-19: Cardiff Met 2-0 Abergavenny

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