Just eight teams remain in the FAW Amateur Trophy with the semi-final places set to be decided on Saturday.
Holyhead Hotspurs reached the quarter-final stage with a dramatic 5-4 victory away to Llanrwst United in the last round and now face a tough test away to Welshpool Town. Chris Jones was the hat-trick hero for Darren Garmey’s side, with Dewi Thomas and Deian Parry ensuring that the side would edge past their opponents.
Welshpool Town booked their place in the last eight with 4-2 win at Radnor Valley, having previously disposed of Waterloo Rovers, Four Crosses and Cefn Mawr Rangers. “We’re glad to come through another tough away game,” said Hotspurs manager Garmey to the North Wales Chronicle.
“We had a point to prove to ourselves after the heavy league defeat in November. The score line would suggest it was a hectic game and it was that, and more. If I can try and get my head around what happened I would say we controlled most of the game, created plenty of chances but they were very effective on the counter-attack and punished us.
“There was a point where we had to accept the game was going to be end to end and that we had to do whatever we could to progress. The character shown was first class again and we are delighted to be going to Welshpool in the last eight.”
Penydarren BGC reached this stage of the competition last season, and will be hoping to go at least one step further this time around when they make the long journey to Brymbo this weekend. Goals from Lee Clarke, Billy New and Liam Jones ensured Brymbo had too much for Dyffryn Nantlle Vale in a 3-1 victory, with Phil Warrington scoring the consolation for the home side.
Meanwhile, Denbigh Town make the long trip to Port Talbot to take on Baglan Dragons on Saturday, having already beaten Halkyn & Flint Mountain, Queens Park, Nefyn United and Rhos Aelwyd in the competition this season. Baglan Dragons progressed with a 3-1 win over Penrhiwceiber Rangers in the last round.
The final match of the quarter-final takes place at Llandudno Albion as Darren Jones’ side host Risca United. Goalkeeper Phil Whitfield was the hero for Albion in the last round as they defeated Berriew on 4-2 penalties, after Jack Williams had scored the only goal for the side in the 1-1 draw.
It was a similar story for the visitors, as they progressed to the quarter-final of the competition with a 4-1 penalty shoot-out victory over Port Talbot Town, following earlier wins over Lucas Cwmbran, Trebanog and Clydach Wasps.
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