Which JD Welsh Cup fourth round fixture should be televised?
After a fourth round draw which pulled out plenty of exciting ties, Welsh football fans have reacted well to January’s set of JD Welsh Cup fixtures.
But with every draw comes the same question amongst fans – which game will be televised?
Only Sgorio can decide who will have the honour of playing their game in front of live cameras, but as always there are plenty of fans selling their side’s cup clash in hope of having the added buzz of a TV game.
Here’s just some of the games that could be worth a watch both inside the ground and from the comfort of homes across the country.
Llanrhaeadr v Bangor
Bangor’s tie against Cwmamman United was a hot contender for coverage in the third round, so the Citizen’s trip to mid-wales for this game could well be selected by S4C.
A live broadcast would put the Spar Mid Wales League into the spotlight, as Llanrhaeadr look to commit another giant killing of massive proportions.
The added atmosphere of a loud travelling Citizen’s support would surely add to a memorable day at the Ym-Mochnant ground.
Caernarfon Town v TNS
This would be the third game broadcast live from the Oval in two seasons, but the magnitude of the game may well justify another visit from Sgorio’s Nicky John and the team.
Around 1000 were in attendance for their third round clash, and that figure could grow even bigger if Caernarfon’s clash against the Champions is selected for a live 5:15 kick off, with the Oval’s floodlights helping electrify the atmosphere.
Caernarfon stand a decent chance of TV coverage thanks their blockbuster of a draw in The New Saints.
Llandudno v Ruthin Town
Llandudno manager Iwan Williams was on pundit duties for the live third round game at his former club Caernarfon, but in the next round he could well be leading Llandudno in front of the cameras.
There is interest in this game from multiple aspects; the fixture is early into Williams’ Llandudno career, and gives him the chance to seal a quarter final place for his new club. Furthermore, a live game would give increased exposure to Llandudno’s new era under the young manager.
But Ruthin Town’s story is equally compelling, as they are in the fourth round for the first time since the 1920s. They beat Prestatyn to get to this stage, so another giant killing could be on the cards for manager Chris Williams and co.
Pontypridd v Penydarren
This game would be unusual due to its lack of a Welsh Premier League side, but it may still provide drama of the tallest order as Welsh Football League Division Two Pontypridd and South Wales Alliance League side Penydarren battle it out for a coveted quarter final place.
Pontypridd are one of the most exciting teams in the second division of tier two, as their group of talented players are pushing for promotion to division one. They beat Division One leaders Haverfordwest County in a clear statement of just how far they want to go in South Wales football.
Penydarren are meanwhile the romantics of this year’s cup, as incredibly they remain in the competition despite plying their trade in the fifth tier of Welsh Football.
They pulled off a massive upset to beat Llandudno Junction in third round, and if they beat Pontypridd to reach the heady heights of the quarter finals, it would surely be a magical moment to capture on live rolling cameras.
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