WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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CARDIFF Met became the third Welsh Premier club to stumble out of the Welsh Cup as they fell 4-2 to Guilsfield in mid-Wales.

And they were joined by Rhyl, who were beaten 3-2 in extra-time by Caernarfon Town at the Oval on a great day for the Huws Gray Alliance, who have four representatives in the last eight after a clean sweep in today's ties.

Robbie James put Guilsfield in front after a goalmouth scramble in the fifth minutes, before the students hit back to lead through Adam Roscrow and Charlie Corsby who both capitalised on defensive mistakes. But the hosts got back in front inside a couple of minutes with Louis Irvine firing a free kick into the net off the underside of the bar and the forged ahead when Andy Ford scored and Emlyn Lewis put the ball into his own net before the break to complete the scoring.

The Canaries took a seventh-minute lead against the Lilywhites with Gareth Edwards also hitting a post, but the visitors levelled in the 77th-minute when Steve Lewis headed past ex-Rhyl stopper Alex Ramsay. Two more goals followed in quick succession, the hosts regaining the lead with a Nathan Craig penalty after a Mike Sharples foul before Steffan Halewood headed Rhyl level again from a free kick four minutes later. Rhyl keeper Dan Lavercombe made a superb save to deny Jamie Breese in extra-time while Alex Jones went close for the Lillies. But, with penalties looming, veteran striker Carl Owen, who was playing his first game for 18 months, squeezed the ball into the net at the near post for a famous victory.

The New Saints and Gap Connah's Quay came through the fourth round unscathed with emphatic wins. Scott Quigley claimed four, including one from the penalty spot, as holders TNS cruised past Llanelli Town and Lee Trundle 7-0 at Park Hall, Jamie Mullan, Adrian Cieslewicz and Simon Spender adding the other goals.

The Nomads put their tie at Haverfordwest County to bed inside the first 13 minutes with Les Davies, Matty Owen and Matty Williams on the scoresheet. Williams added another before the break and, despite an immediate reponse from Greg Walters, the visitors added a fifth through Tom Field on 54 minutes.

Rhys Griffiths, the Welsh Premier's second highest-ever goal scorer, forced extra-time at Maes Tegid against Bala Town. The player/manager of Welsh League Penybont scored from a corner to level in the 88th-minute after Kieran Smith had given the Lakesiders a 22nd-minute lead. But the home side triumphed in extra-time with goals from Ian Sheridan, an Anthony Stephens penalty after Ryan Wade had been fouled, and Mark Jones.

The draw for the quarter-finals is

  • Llanfair United v Caernarfon Town
  • Guilsfield v Bala Town
  • The New Saints v Bangor City
  • Prestatyn Town v Gap Connah's Quay

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25 April 2017

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