Saturday 20th January (5:15p.m Kick Off)
Cardiff Met v The New Saints
Cardiff Met and The New Saints will face off in the first domestic cup final of the 2017/ 18 season as they battle for the Nathaniel MG Cup at Park Avenue. Saturday’s final marks the students’ first appearance in the league cup final, whilst eight-time winners The New Saints will be looking to defend their title for the fourth consecutive season.
Both teams have enjoyed successful seasons thus far; securing top six finishes in the first half of the JD Welsh Premier League season and advancing into the fourth round of the JD Welsh Cup. However, both sides will now turn their attentions to Saturday’s cup final at Park Avenue and the chance to pick up the first piece of silverware on offer this year.
Cardiff Met’s road to the Nathaniel MG Cup final has come in the form of two home victories and two away victories in the competition. The students ran out 2-1 victors away at Goytre in the first round before defeating Pontypridd Town at Cyncoed Campus in the second round. Following on from that, they ran out 2-0 victors away at local rivals Barry Town before an Eliot Evans header secured a 1-0 win at home against Newtown in the semi-finals. Met will be hopeful that key trio Brad Woolridge, Emlyn Lewis and Adam Roscrow will be fit to play in Saturday’s final after missing recent fixtures due to injury.
Current cup holders The New Saints have enjoyed a slightly more straightforward path to Saturday’s final, after a second round victory away at Flint Town followed by a third round win at home against Caernarfon. The Saints then produced an excellent 1-0 victory away at Connah’s Quay Nomads in the semi-final thanks to a stunning strike by Ryan Brobbel, to book their place in the final.
Kick off at Park Avenue on Saturday evening is at 5:15p.m, and the game will be broadcast live on Sgorio from 5p.m. In what is sure to be a humdinger of a cup final, don’t miss out on the action as both teams battle to lift the Nathaniel MG Cup!