The Quarter-Finals of this season’s Nathaniel MG Cup take place this evening. With only two teams from the top half of the JD Cymru Premier left in the competition, tonight provides a massive opportunity for all eight remaining sides to take another step on the path to lifting the trophy.
Carmarthen Town v Aberystwyth Town
These two sides met only two weeks ago in the league, a 0-0 draw at Richmond Park not telling the full story of an entertaining clash with plenty of chances for both sides. Carmarthen are one of only two sides left to have won the competition before and their two cup wins this season have proved welcome respite from their League campaign, where they are winless through the opening twelve matches.
Aber meanwhile knocked the reigning holders Cardiff Met out in Round 3, having disposed of last year’s runners up Cambrian & Clydach the previous round, and will fancy their chances of making a first Nathaniel semi-final since 2010/11.
Connah’s Quay Nomads v Flint Town United
Nomads are the other former winner still in contention and they face a tricky derby test against Flint.
Quay have made the semi-finals in each of the last four seasons, but have fallen short of making the final each time. They are unbeaten though in domestic football this season and will be eager to go one step further this time out.
Flint are second in the Cymru North and will relish playing their near neighbours for the first time in eight years with a semi-final place at stake.
Newtown v STM Sports
The Robins have their third home game of the season in the competition as they host Cymru South side STM Sports at Latham.
The Robins’ league form has been up and down through their opening twelve games, and they’ll need to be at their best if they are to beat a side who have taken to life in Tier 2 well.
STM have won seven of their eleven games to date, including big away wins against Cambrian, Haverfordwest and Swansea Uni, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them pull off an upset this evening.
Prestatyn Town v Bala Town
Prestatyn have built up a healthy lead in the Cymru North; ten points is the gap between them and second-placed Flint. They welcome Bala to the Motion Finance Stadium tonight, with the Lakesiders coming in off the back of a narrow 1-0 defeat away at The New Saints last week.
Home wins over Gresford and Bangor have got Bala to this stage, their second quarter-final in two seasons. Prestatyn meanwhile have two Cymru Prem scalps already to their name this season (away wins against Cefn Druids and Caernarfon) as well as a home win over Llanrhaeadr in Round 1.
All matches kick-off at 19:45. The draw for the Semi-Finals will be shown on the JD Cymru Leagues Facebook Page on Thursday evening.