THREE possible cup-sets in Round One of the JD Welsh Cup
The First Round proper of the JD Welsh Cup takes place this weekend, with a number of prospective cupsets.
Welsh Premier League clubs in the next round of the competition, with a possible David vs Goliath story.
But firstly, these clubs must qualify for Round Two. There are a few clubs left in the fifth and sixth tier of Welsh football.
Penydarren were the story of the JD Welsh Cup last season, but can someone repeat their feat?
Garden Village v Blaenrhondda
Village knocked out Welsh Cup quarter-finalists Penydarren in the last round and will host another club from the Rhondda.
Blaenrhondda are one of the lowest ranked teams left, but this proud South Wales Valleys team are a club who have untapped potential.
Matthew Howells has returned to the club as manager, following the departure of Dale Williams to Cambrian BGC, but the core of the squad has remained.
After being Llwydcoed in the last round, Blaenrhondda could fancy their chances at another scalp.
STM Sports v Haverfordwest County
Dale Gardiner’s men have a good record at their Llanrumney 3G pitch. They very rarely lose and enjoy playing on an artificial surface.
They’re currently the top goal scorers in the whole of Welsh League.
Haverfordwest, a club with Welsh Premier League ambitions, will make the long journey to the capital, knowing they’ll have to be at their best to get a result.
Ynysddu Welfare v Taffs Well
After the departure of Lee Bridgeman and Nana Baah, Taffs Well’s squad has changed drastically, with Adrian Needs to be tasked with a tough job, of remaining competitive, having spent fourteen seasons in Division One.
Ynysddu Welfare on the other hand, are a side who are enjoying the limelight at the moment. They entered the Youth Cup, despite not having a youth team and won against Briton Ferry, despite only having two weeks to train.
But this is a different competition and Welfare’s senior team have impressed. They beat Croesyceiliog at the Pontllanfraith 3G in the last round. Croesy still hasn’t lost a game in Division Two, making the result equally as impressive.
(Featured Image: Mike James)