COLWYN Bay host newly-crowned The New Saints in the Welsh Cup semi-final on Sunday (March 20) in what will be the club’s biggest game in more than a decade.

The Seagulls will be up against the recent Cymru Premier champions Saints, who won their 14th title last Saturday with a 3-3 draw at home to Penybont.

Oswestry-based Saints are also the Welsh Cup holders, having won the last final to be held in 2019.

Their assistant manager on that occasion was Steve Evans, who now, as Colwyn Bay manager will be plotting their downfall.

Evans won two Welsh Cup winners medal during his time as a player with Saints and has been to watch their recent games, including Saturday's game against Penybont.

The Bay, under former manager Craig Hogg, saw off fellow Cymru North sides Gresford Athletic and Ruthin Town, before knocking out Cymru Premier team Cardiff Met.

They created an even bigger upset in the quarter-finals, as goals from Ryan Edwards and James Kirby saw them shock Welsh champions Connah’s Quay Nomads

“We’ll do our homework and we’ll be ready,” Evans said.

“People didn’t give us a chance against Connah’s Quay, the home of the champions, and we went there and got the win.”

Chairman Neil Coverley added: “It will be a very tough test against The New Saints.

“But the lads have shown already in this season’s competition that they are more than capable of creating an upset.”

This is the fourth time the club have reached the competition’s semi-finals and the first time in 30 years.

The Seagulls did not compete in the competition between 1992 and 2019 as they were playing in the English football pyramid.

But the club decided to rejoin the Welsh football system after 35 years in English non-league in 2019.

“Opinions were divided when the decision was made three years ago to return to Wales,” added Coverley, a former Bay captain.

“But I think that Sunday’s semi-final, as well as our win at Connah’s Quay in the last round, sum up why it was the right decision.

“The Welsh Cup run has certainly caught the imagination this season.

“It will be a big occasion for us on Sunday and hopefully there will be many more to come in the future.”

Although the match is not all-ticket, fans have been encouraged to purchase in advance to guarantee entry to the ground.

Tickets will be on sale at the Four Crosses Arena on Wednesday (7.30-9pm), Thursday (6.30-8pm) and Saturday (9.30-11am).

Cash and card payment will be available and prices are: adults – £8, over-65s – £5 and under-16s – free.


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