Semi-final spots up for grabs in the Bute Energy Welsh Cup

We are down to the final eight clubs in this season’s Bute Energy Welsh Cup, with plenty of narrative across Sunday’s quarter-final ties. 

Current holders Cardiff City are aiming for another cup semi-final when they face Pontypridd United at the USW Sports Park on Sunday afternoon. 

The Bluebirds are yet to concede a goal in the competition this season after storming past Genero Adran South outlets Llanelli Town and Swansea University in previous rounds. 

19-year old sensation Mackenzie Olden bagged eight goal contributions across those two games and after grabbing four goals against Pontardawe Town in the Genero Adran Trophy last weekend, she will be eyeing up another fun afternoon in front of goal against a struggling Pontypridd side. 

The Dragons’ only victories this season have come in the earlier rounds of this competition  against Penclawdd and Aberaman, as they scored a staggering 26 goals across those two games. 

The Bluebirds prevailed 5-1 in the two teams’ most recent meeting at USW Sports Park back in October. Cayman Islands international Molly Kehoe starred that day with a goal and two assists.

After their Genero Adran Trophy fixture last weekend was postponed due to a frozen pitch, Wrexham and Briton Ferry Llansawel will have another chance to do battle in their quarter-final on Sunday. 

Wrexham edged past Ferry in last season’s Adran Leagues promotion play-off final and have made an impressive start to life in the Genero Adran Premier as they sit second in the table. Meanwhile, Rhys James’ side are setting the Genero Adran South alight again as they have won every match this season so far. 

Both sides left it late to reach the quarter-finals with Wrexham sinking Llandudno thanks to Katie Sharp’s last gasp header, whereas substitute Fleur Jenkins netted an 84th minute winner for Ferry against Pontardawe.  

Cascade will be hoping to pull off the biggest quarter-final upset when they face three-time winners Swansea City at the CCB Centre for Excellence. 

Cascade reached the last eight with a ruthless 6-0 victory over Penybont and the hosts will be up for this tough challenge if their league form is anything to go by. They sit level on points with Briton Ferry Llansawel at the top of the Genero Adran South and recorded a 3-1 win over Pontardawe and a 6-0 win over Llanelli during November.

Chloe Chivers rescued Swansea from a huge cup upset in the last round as her six goals helped to defeat Cwmbran Celtic 7-3. 

Chris Church’s side also enjoyed a fruitful afternoon in front of goal last weekend in a 13-0 win over Llandudno in the Genero Adran Trophy. Now on their agenda is a Bute Energy Welsh Cup semi-final spot as they aim to lift the trophy for the first time since 2018. 

The New Saints face their third consecutive home tie in the Bute Energy Welsh Cup when fellow Adran Premier side Aberystwyth Town make the journey up to Park Hall. 

These two sides put on a spectacle in the top-flight earlier on in the season as the Saints came back from two goals down to triumph 4-3 in a tremendous second half inspired by Caitlin Chapman. The teams are fourth and fifth in the league table respectively, so this cup clash has potential to swing either way.

Both clubs head into the tie having won their last three matches each, including emphatic victories in the previous round of this competition. Greg Draper’s side triumphed 4-0 against Felinheli, while the Seasiders were 8-0 winners over Rhyl 1879. 

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