After a truncated weekend of action in the JD Welsh Cup due to the weather, the three remaining Quarter-Final ties were played last night.
JD Welsh Premier League leaders The New Saints had their eight season run of reaching the Semi-Finals ended as they lost 2-1 away at Connah’s Quay Nomads.
Aeron Edwards had fired the visitors in front on 2’, only for Michael Bakare to level five minutes later with a free-kick.
The decisive moment came shortly after the break. Nomads forward Andy Owens was brought down in the box, and Callum Morris converted the resulting penalty to put the home side in front.
Steve Saunders fired over from close range for the Saints as they pushed for a leveller, while Owens struck the crossbar from similar distance for Nomads.
The visitors’ late pressing came to nothing, and Nomads advance to a Semi-Final meeting with Bangor City.
Aberystwyth Town will meet Newtown in the other tie, as both notched up away wins against Carmarthen and Llandudno, 3-1 and 2-0 respectively.
Joe Phillips had headed Aber in front midway through the first half of their clash, before well-taken strikes from John Owen and Malcolm Melvin gave the Seasiders breathing space.
Liam Thomas did pull one back for the Old Gold, who also had another ruled out late on for offside.
Newtown ran out winners over Llandudno in a fiery clash at the Giant Hospitality Stadium.
Neil Mitchell got the Robins’ first moments after Llandudno ‘keeper Patrik Rutter had saved a penalty from Alex Fletcher.
Kieran Mills-Evans then went close to getting a second for the visitors, his header being cleared off the line, before Rutter was sent off for bringing down Nick Rushton as the striker broke on the counter with minutes to play.
With Llandudno boss Iwan Williams having to see out the remaining time in goal, Rushton wrapped things up in the final minute of injury time to send the Robins through.
Revised JD Welsh Cup Semi-Final Draw
Connah’s Quay Nomads v Bangor City
Newtown v Aberystwyth Town
Ties to be played on 7/8 April 2018. Venues to be announced in due course.