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Great Welsh Cup upsets of the 21st century

Alan Mark Owen (all blue) was the match-winner in Llangefni Town’s famous Welsh Cup win over Llanelli. Picture: Dai Sinclair

The Welsh Cup has produced some major shocks over the years.

Here are 10 of the best since the turn of the millennium involving North Wales clubs.

1 Trearddur Bay United 3 Mold Alexandra 0 (August 28, 2010 – second qualifying round)

Asa Thomas (light blue) was Trearddur Bay’s hero against Mold. Picture: Dennis Young

Asa Thomas notched a brilliant hat-trick to put Anglesey League underdogs Trearddur Bay into the Welsh Cup first round proper at the expense of mighty Mold.
In a huge upset, United comfortably eliminated a team which played three levels above them in the Welsh National League Premier Division – and had been in the second-tier Cymru Alliance the previous season.
Thomas was to score a mind-blowing 112 goals in all competitions that 2010-11 campaign.

2 UWIC 4 Bala Town 1 (January 29, 2011 – round four)

Beaten semi-finalists the previous season, Bala finished with nine men as they suffered a shock Welsh Cup exit at the hands of the Cardiff students from three levels below in Welsh League Division Three..
Town had winger Mike Thompson sent off on the half-hour and debutant Mark Connolly dismissed for his second booking right at the end.
Chris Mason had given Bala the lead, but UWIC then took over, Lewis Murray (2), Sam Carrington and Ed Jones seeing them to a prestigious victory.

3 Greenfield 2 Llandudno Amateurs 5 (September 29, 2018 – qualifying round two)

Llandudno Amateurs stunned Greenfield

Vale of Clwyd and Conwy Premier Division huge underdogs Llandudno Amateurs pulled off a sensational giant-killing as they thrashed strong favourites Greenfield 5-2 in the Welsh Cup.
Martin Hughes (2), Aidan Bell, Steve Kirk and Joe Jones shared the goals for the visitors, who stunned opponents operating two levels above in Welsh Alliance Division One.

4 Holywell Town 3 Newtown 2 (February 22, 2014 – round four)

Phil Lloyd was Holywell’s man of the match against Newtown

Welsh Alliance Holywell celebrated a stunning upset over Welsh Premier League outfit Newtown at Halkyn Road.
Paul Williams, Sam Jones and Steve Thomas scored the goals which put the Wellmen three-up at half time.
Tom Goodwin and Matthew Hearsey replied for the Robins in the second period, but Town held on for a famous win.
John Haseldin’s side went on to create history by becoming the first tier-three club ever to reach the Welsh Cup semi-finals, the Wellmen’s fairytale run ending with a 3-1 loss to Aberystwyth Town.

5 Bangor City 0 Glantraeth 0 (Glantraeth won 7-6 on pens) (October 4, 2003 – round two)

Les Davies helped break Bangor City’s hearts before becoming a club great

Remember the day when future Bangor City legend Les Davies knocked the Citizens out of the Welsh Cup?
A then 18-year-old Davies played at the time for Cymru Alliance side Glantraeth, the vast majority of whose players lived within a mile or two of Farrar Road.
Davies terrorised the City defence throughout before eventually being sent off for kicking out at Alan Goodall.
No goals in 120 minutes so it went to spot-kicks, and after Rae Ingram missed for the Citizens, the underdogs put away the decisive 13th penalty of the shoot-out.

6 Ton Pentre 1 Rhyl 0 (November 4, 2006 – round three)

An 88th minute goal from Alun Jones gave Welsh League minnows Ton Pentre a memorable and deserved victory over cup holders Rhyl at Ynys Park.
The Lilywhites were frustrated by an excellent performance from experienced home keeper Marty Ellacott.

7 Port Talbot 0 Halkyn United 1 (November 6, 2004 – round three)

The Cymru Alliance mid-table side were not given much chance of beating their Welsh Premier hosts at Victoria Road, but produced one of the best results in the club’s history.
The Halkyn back four, with captain Julian Jones in charge in the centre, proved to be rock solid, in contrast to their league form.
Halkyn had the three best chances, starting with the winner on the half-hour from Nathan Jones.

8 Llanrhaeadr YM 3 Cefn Druids 2 (December 6, 2017 – round three)

Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant of the third-tier Spar Mid Wales League dumped out shell-shocked Welsh Premier opponents in Cefn Druids, who had made such an impressive start to the campaign.
Goals from Iwan Matthews (2) and Khyam Wyton meant Llanrhaeadr secured one of the finest – if not THE greatest – result in their history as they downed the Ancients 3-2.

9 Llangefni Town 1 Llanelli Town 0 (December 8, 2018 – third round)

Llangefni rejoice after beating Llanelli. Pic: Dai Sinclair

Llangefni of the Welsh Alliance League caused the biggest shock of the Welsh Cup third round that season as they beat Welsh Premier side Llanelli 1-0 at Lon Talwrn.
The tier-three side were full value for the win, causing their visitors problems throughout. The only goal of the game was scored in the 20th minute by Alan Mark Owen.

10 Holyhead Hotspur 2 Bangor City 1 (December 8, 2015 – third round)

What a night at a weather-beaten New Stadium as underdogs Hotspur struck late to dump eight-time competition winners Bangor out of the Welsh Cup.
City were still in the Welsh Premier, although not as strong as in previous seasons, while Holyhead, mid-table in the Huws Gray Alliance, had Campbell Harrison at the helm.
After a goal-less first half, the visitors grabbed the lead through Matty Woodward, but the hosts kept battling and equalised when Rhys Roberts scrambled the ball home from close range.
Extra time was looming before Dean Garmey bagged the winner to send the home fans delirious.

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