Previews of 23 Welsh Cup QR 2 ties

Can Rhuddlan Town (blue) cause another upset when they take on Denbigh Town in the Welsh Cup? They are pictured here taking on St Asaph City in the last round. Picture: RICHARD BATES PHOTOGRAPHY

JD WELSH CUP SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND PREVIEWS – SATURDAY, JULY 23

Amlwch Town v Llanrwst United

It’s been a decent start to the season for Amlwch with wins over Pentraeth in the Welsh Cup and Glantraeth in the FAW Amateur Trophy.
Tier 3 Llanrwst will represent a step up in quality of opposition, but this has the makings of a close tie.

Brickfield Rangers v Saltney Town

It’s an all Ardal North West tussle at Clywedog Park.
Brickie edged through at Castell Alun in the last round, while Saltney whipped Ruabon Rovers 7-2 away.
Another close one in store.

Bro Cernyw v Llanfairfechan Town

Lots of changes at Llanfairfechan in the summer, but they showed they are settling well with a 3-1 win over Llandudno Junction in the last round.
Bro Cernyw triumphed 3-0 at Henllan to reach this stage.

Caergybi v Llangoed & District

Millbank is ready for the Welsh Cup. Picture: CAERGYBI FC

With seven goals in three matches, Louis Chapman is a man to watch for Caergybi.
Llangoed also have a danger man up front in Anthony Williams. Caergybi’s volunteer staff have done a great job getting Millbank ready for Welsh Cup action.

Chirk AAA v Rhos Aelwyd

Two clubs with a great tradition for doing well in cups.
Five-times cup winners Chirk came through a good battle at New Brighton in qualifying round one, while Rhos eliminated Cefn Mawr Rangers.
This one takes place tonight (Friday).

CPD Y Rhyl 1879 v Prestatyn Sports

One of the real eye-catchers of the round.
A local derby and both teams have started the season well.
Both play in tier 4. What’s not to look forward to ?

CPD Y Fali v Bodedern Athletic

These two Anglesey sides met in the FAW Amateur Trophy last weekend and Boded won 9-0.
With so many quality goalscorers in the side, it is difficult to see anything other than a repeat Athletic victory, but Y Fali have shown great fighting qualities in their league matches so far and they will be determined to keep the score much lower this time.

FC Queen’s Park v Cefn Albion

Graphic: FC Queen’s Park

An absolute plum tie.
FC Queen’s Park, 4-1 winners at Coedpoeth in the last round, have been one of the strongest teams in the Wrexham area for some years now.
They welcome Cefn Albion, a team who have formed a similar path to success as the Park since bursting on the scene, their biggest triumph winning the FAW Trophy.

Llanberis v Nantlle Vale

Having seen off local rivals Llanrug in the last round, Llanberis will be out to claim another derby scalp.
Nantlle Vale from tier 3 Ardal North West will be a tough hurdle to overcome for the Darans.

Llandudno Albion v Glantraeth

Playing tonight at Maesdu Park (7.30 pm).
Albion will be favourites as they play at a higher level and are at home, but Glantraeth are renowned cup fighters and could make it interesting.

Llandyrnog United v Llansannan

Hard one to call.
Llandyrnog were impressive 5-3 victors at Penmaenmawr in the last round, while Llansannan achieved one of their greatest wins of recent times when they edged a 3-2 verdict at local rivals Llannefydd.

Llannerchymedd v Bangor 1876

Match postponed due to Covid.

Llanuwchllyn v Pwllheli

Tier 3 Llanuwchllyn could be tested by a Pwllheli outfit from a level below, but who have already shown plenty of ability this season with results not always reflecting their efforts.

Llay Welfare v Hawarden Rangers

After exiting the FAW Amateur Trophy at home to New Brighton Villa last weekend, Hawarden will be out to do better at The Ring.
They might have their work cut out, though, against tier 3 Llay.

Llysfaen v Llanelwy Athletic

This could be a cracker.
Taking place tonight at Colwyn Bay FC, the tie brings together two teams expected to perform well in tier 5 North Wales Coast East Division One this season.
Llysfaen produced a giant-killing by knocking out tier 4 Gwalchmai in the last round, but Emlyn Robert Jones’ side are struggling with a catalogue of early-season injuries.
Llanelwy, who won 5-3 at Caerwys in the last round, have a 100% league record so far and have started the campaign really well.

Meliden v Rhydymwyn

Meliden’s Ashley Lally. Photo: DAMON MEAD

Ambitious Meliden have made some excellent signings and look capable of becoming a force to be reckoned with.
Gareth Jones’ tier 4 side experienced very few alarms in a 3-0 win at tier 3 Blaenau Amateurs in the last round.
They face a team from tier 3 again in Rhydymwyn on Saturday, the Mold-area villagers having achieved a really impressive 4-1 result at Greenfield in the last stage.

Mold Alexandra v Connah’s Quay Town

The experienced and established against the ambitious new hopefuls.
Town came through on penalties at Halkyn and Flint Mountain in the last round, but it is likely to be much tougher at Ardal North West hosts Mold.

Penrhyndeudraeth v Dolgellau AA

Iwan Williams’ Penrhyn will be targeting a repeat of their 3-1 win over Talysarn Celts in the last round.
They face a tricky prospect, however, in the shape of Dolgellau, who were recently elevated to tier 3 Ardal North East.
Dol lost on penalties to Machynlleth in the FAW Amateur Trophy last weekend, so they will want to avoid more heartbreak so early in the campaign.

Penycae v Brymbo

An all-tier 3 encounter at Penycae.
This Wrexham area derby could be an epic battle. Penycae got past Lex in the last round, but fell at Cefn Mawr Rangers in the Trophy six days ago.
Can they upset the Steelmen, who nudged past Llanuwchllyn on penalties in the Trophy last weekend?

Porthmadog v Mountain Rangers

This will be a great occasion for a Mountain Rangers side not long reformed.
Although they are now in tier 3, a meeting with Porthmadog is still and always will be a glamour tie.
Rangers got through to the second qualifying round despite losing at Nefyn in the last stage. It later emerged Nefyn had broken competition rules by bringing on a fourth substitute during the game.
The reward is rich for Alex Philp’s side, who have the experience and quality to give Port a scare or two.

Rhostyllen v Corwen

Tie moved to Rhostyllen due to cricket commitment at Corwen’s ground.
Another all-tier 3 contest and should be a good one.

Rhuddlan Town v Denbigh Town

This one should be a real cup final for Rhuddlan!
Originally down for Central Park, Denbigh’s new pitch is not yet ready, so the game has been switched to Pengwern College, Sarn Lane, Rhuddlan.
Taking on a team of Denbigh’s class in front of their own supporters is just reward for Rhuddlan for their heroics in winning the final Vale of Clwyd and Conwy League Premier Division title in 2019-20.
The tier 4 outfit had a great win at St Asaph City in the last round, but third-tier Denbigh represents a whole new hurdle.

Y Felinheli v Waunfawr

Tristan Dafydd scores for Y Felinheli against Llanystumdwy. Picture: PHIL STEAD

Finishing off with a real golden nugget.
Tier 3 Felihneli welcome a Waunfawr side which has shown some really good form in the early days of the season.
However, Felin are such a strong team, already having looked so powerful both in pre-season and in hammering Llanystumdwy in the Trophy last weekend.

Northern Section draw
Saturday, July 23 (2 pm kick-offs)

Amlwch Town v Llanrwst United
Brickfield Rangers v Saltney Town
Bro Cernyw v Llanfairfechan Town
Caergybi v Llangoed & District
Chirk AAA v Rhos Aelwyd (Friday – 6.30 pm)
CPD Y Rhyl 1879 v Prestatyn Sports
CPD Y Fali v Bodedern Athletic
FC Queen’s Park v Cefn Albion
Llanberis v Nantlle Vale
Llandudno Albion v Glantraeth (Friday – 7.30 pm)
Llandyrnog United v Llansannan
Llannerchymedd P Bangor 1876 P (Covid)
Llanuwchllyn v Pwllheli
Llay Welfare v Hawarden Rangers
Llysfaen v Llanelwy Athletic (Friday – 7.30 pm)
Meliden v Rhydymwyn
Mold Alexandra v Connah’s Quay Town
Penrhyndeudraeth v Dolgellau AA
Penycae v Brymbo
Porthmadog v Mountain Rangers
Rhostyllen v Corwen
Rhuddlan Town v Denbigh Town
Y Felinheli v Waunfawr

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