Andy Morrison’s Connah’s Quay Nomads produced an outstanding display as they booked their place in the JD Welsh Cup Final.
The Nomads beat Bangor City 6-1 to secure their place in the final for the first time in 20 years as the side find themselves one win away from securing European football.
Another Andy – the 28-year-old forward, Owens – was the driving force for the Nomads against Bangor City. The striker bagged a hat-trick in their win and he spoke to FAW.Cymru about how pleased the victors were with their performance.
“You look at our recent form and we’re doing great, especially against Cefn Druids. We came back from 1-0 down with just nine men to win the game 2-1. I think that run set us up for the semi-final performance, we’re just so delighted to be honest.
“To do what we’ve done in the circumstances is incredible. We’ve got seven or eight lads out with injuries and suspensions, but the squad has stepped up massively over the last month. We’ve done ever so well and we’ve been rewarded for it.
“I should have scored a few more in the semi-final. I’m a bit frustrated about that. As a striker, you judge yourself on the chances you take but we’re delighted with the win.”
Owens’ hat trick was complimented by strikes from Michael Bakare, Ryan Wignall and Nathan Woolfe for The Nomads, while Bangor substitute George Harry scored a consolation goal from the spot in the closing stages. Owens says his side were disappointed to miss out on a clean sheet.
“It was a shame we couldn’t get the clean sheet, that would have been perfect. We would have taken a scrappy 1-0 win to get through so to do it the way we have is fantastic.
“I’ve been in teams before where we’ve beat the better outfits, but then you come against perhaps some of the sides lower down in the standings and they’re harder games. We know how tough the final will be, absolutely.
“Bangor had a great cup run in the build-up. They won 7-0 in the last round but the other matches proved quite tricky in some respects. We can’t underestimate anyone as this is a huge chance for both sides to go and win some silverware.”
A recent arrival in The JD Welsh Premier League, the 28-year-old striker confessed he had European football was on his mind when he joined The Nomads.
“One of the aims of the season, especially for me being new to The JD Welsh Premier League, is the possibility to play in Europe. We’re one step closer to that now. We’ve got a great chance with the final and being second in the league. It’s all good at the minute and we’ll do our best to make sure it continues.”
Watch highlights from the other JD Welsh Cup Semi-Final between Aberystwyth Town and Newtown.