Date: Fri 05 Apr 2013

Foursome battle it out for Welsh Cup Glory

Four teams remain from the 182 that entered the 2012/13 FAW Welsh Cup and TNS or Bangor City and Barry Town or Prestatyn Town are seeking to book their place in next month's Final when they face each other in tomorrow's two semi-finals.

Bangor City v The New Saints

Belle Vue, Rhyl. (3pm k.o.)
Live on S4C

The live match sees rivals Bangor City and TNS battle it out in front of the S4/C cameras at Rhyl's Belle Vue Stadium. Consistently the best two teams in Welsh domestic football over the last three season's, the side's certainly know each other well and the recently crowned Welsh Premier League Champions TNS will go into the game as favourites. The Saints have won all three encounters between the teams this season, but at the same time, they will know that under manager Nev Powell, the Citizens have been a formidable force in this competition.

Powell won the Welsh Cup in his first three seasons as boss of the then-Farrar Road club and it was only in his 23rd Welsh Cup match in charge that he was defeated, by Llanelli in the 2010/11 final. He then lost his next game against the same opponents the following season, but has guided his side to the last four once again with an incredible Welsh Cup record of the 25 wins from 27 ties.

Powell has defensive worries with skipper Jamie Brewerton out and versatile defender Kris Thomas cup-tied, so Dave Morley and Michael Johnston are set to link up in the heart of the defence, although Peter Hoy could also be an option.

Carl Darlington and Craig Harrison also have worries at the back with Steve Evans ruled out for the campaign, whilst Phil Baker was injured last weekend. Conall Rawlinson will deputise if ex-Bangor man Baker is ruled out.

Both sides have a potent striker with Bangor's Chris Simm and Saints' Mike Wilde both netting over 20 times this season.

Barry Town v Prestatyn Town

Latham Park, Newtown. (2:30pm k.o.)

Both sides will be hoping that TNS win the match at Rhyl as it will mean that the winner of the clash in mid-Wales would qualify for the Europa League.

Prestatyn Town have never qualified for Europe, but they have been one match from glory before, when two seasons ago they were beaten by Neath in the Welsh Premier Play-Off Final. Their lower-League opponents have an illustrious European history, with matches played and won in Europe and opponents such as Porto and Dynamo Kiev and players like Deco, Andrey Shevchenko and Sergey Rebrov all facing the former Welsh Premier League giants.

A lot has changed at the famous club since those halcyon days and although this season has been as turbulent off the field as any; their players, manager and supporters have ensured that a fairytale story has been created and they will not want it to stop in Newtown.

If Gavin Chesterfield's side are to commission one final chapter, then they will have to keep goal-machine Andy Parkinson and Aberdare-boy Jason Price quiet. The duo, who both arrived at Bastion Road this season, boast over 700 League appearances between them and they have been a revelation in front of goal this term with over 30 goals.

There are also goals in the Seasiders midfield so Town 'keeper Dan Bradley could be a busy man. Barry are unable to play Jordan Cotterell who played for Ely Rangers earlier in the competition, so Ryan Jenkins and TJ Nagi will be their main threat for goals. Chesterfield has a selection dilemma at the back and will have to pick two from Ryan Evans, Lewis Cosslett and one-time Llanelli centre-back Daniel Clare. Nicky Jones and Ryan Dorrian provide steel in the midfield to keep Prestatyn's Neil Gibson, Gareth Wilson and Mike Parker on their toes.

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