Welsh Cup: shocks and derbies in store for third round

Llangefni Town are the second lowest ranked surviving team in this season’s Welsh Cup. Now, the Welsh Alliance leaders have a huge chance of claiming the first scalp among the Welsh Premier’s big twelve.

Unbeaten Cefni were drawn at home to Llanelli Town in the third round draw on Monday lunchtime. Liam Morris scored twice as Town saw off St Asaph City 5-1 in Saturday’s second round clash at Cae Bob Parry.

Their next cup opponents are ripe for the taking – they’re bottom of the WPL table, having already suffered heavy defeats this month to both Connah’s Quay and Newtown. The Stebonheath Park club, promoted from the Welsh League last season, have won just two games so far this season.

The other key tie in the North West sees an all-Cymru Alliance affair as Bangor City and Holyhead Hotspur meet again at Nantporth. City were easy 6-1 winners over Cefn Albion on Saturday, thanks in no small part to four goals from Alex Darlington – while the Harbourmen beat Ruthin Town 3-1.

League form would suggest City are easy favourites to see off the Harbourmen, who are bottom of the HGA with just win. Ironically, one of Holyhead’s few positive results this term came when they held City to a 1-1 draw in August.

But the last time both sides met in the Welsh Cup, Holyhead knocked out Bangor – then of the WPL – winning 2-1 at The New Oval.

Porthmadog were among the first clubs through to the third round as they dispatched Llanfair United 4-1 on the road.

They’ve probably been handed the toughest task of the lot – as they face an Airbus UK side currently sitting twelve points clear at the top of the HGA and with an unblemished record in all competition.

Caernarfon Town enter the fray – along with the rest of the Welsh Premier – with a trip to Prestatyn Town. The Canaries reached the fourth round last season, before being knocked out by The New Saints. The Seasiders – who welcomed back Neil Gibson as manager last month – survived a scare against Berriew before winning 6-3 at the weekend.

Finally, 2017 winners Bala Town are drawn away at Flint Town United – who won out 3-2 at home to Gresford Athletic in a North East derby to reach the third round.

Airbus UK Broughton v Porthmadog
Bangor City Holyhead Hotspur
Flint Town United v Bala Town
Llangefni Town v Llanelli Town
Prestatyn Town v Caernarfon Town

Ties to be played on the weekend of Friday 7th – Sunday 9th December 2018.

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