Bute Energy Welsh Cup: Round One preview

Bute Energy Welsh Cup holders Cardiff City will begin their defence of the trophy in round one of this season’s competition on Sunday. 

The Bluebirds have won the cup in each of the last two seasons, beating Briton Ferry Llansawel 4-0 in the 2022/23 final at Merthyr Town’s Penydarren Park in April. 

This weekend sees Iain Darbyshire’s side make the trip to Llanelli Town, who are newly-promoted in the Genero Adran South and earned an emphatic 19-0 win over Morriston Town in the previous round. 

“We had a successful cup run last year and we hope to take that momentum into this year as well,” Cardiff striker Eliza Collie told the club’s website. “The focus is to take it one game at a time and make sure we put everything into the game.”

There is an all-Genero Adran Premier clash between Cardiff Met and Swansea City, who have both won the competition on three previous occasions. 

The Swans will be aiming to get revenge on the Archers after Dan Delahey’s side triumphed 3-1 in the league meeting between the two clubs at the start of the month. 

Aberystwyth Town have made an impressive start to the season in the Genero Adran Premier as they are unbeaten in their first four matches and currently sit second in the table. 

The Seasiders begin their Bute Energy Welsh Cup campaign away at Genero Adran North side Llanfair United, who claimed their first win of the season against NFA last weekend. 

Two third tier clubs have been drawn against Genero Adran Premier opposition in round one. South Wales Women’s and Girls’ League side Penclawdd visit Pontypridd United, who are looking to kickstart their season after losing their opening four league matches. 

Meanwhile, Pwllheli of the North Wales Women’s League host Wrexham. Both sides have enjoyed strong starts to the season, with Pwllheli winning both league matches so far after a second-place finish last term and Wrexham taking seven points from their first four Genero Adran Premier matches following promotion. 

While the fixtures involving top-flight sides catch the eye, there is also an intriguing tie between Penybont and Newport City. 

The two clubs currently sit first and second respectively in the SWWGL, with nine points each. Both clubs will be eager to claim the bragging rights and progress for the chance to test themselves against higher tier opposition. 


Llanfair United v Aberystwyth Town

Penybont v Newport City

Ammanford v Cwmbran Celtic

Pwllheli v Wrexham

Bangor v Felinheli

The New Saints v Connah’s Quay Nomads

NFA v Llandudno

Rhyl 1879 v Llangefni Town

Pontypridd United v Penclawdd

Llanelli Town v Cardiff City

Cascade v Carmarthen Town

Caldicot Town v Briton Ferry Llansawel

Swansea University v Barry Town United

Cardiff Wanderers v Aberaman

Cardiff Met v Swansea City

Pontardawe Town v Coed Duon

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