ABERYSTWYTH Town’s opponents Connah’s Quay Nomads go into Sunday’s Welsh Cup Final as favourites – but their manager Andy Morrison warned that they expect a tough test.
The Cambrian News reported “The Nomads missed out on runners-up spot in the Welsh Premier League when they were beaten 2-0 by Cefn Druids in their final game, but they have already qualified for Europe, due to Bangor failing to obtain a UEFA and domestic licence.
Connah’s Quay have never won the Welsh Cup, having lost in their only post-war final in 1998 to Bangor City on penalties – when Neville Powell was their manager.
This season Connah’s Quay have defeated Cwmbran Celtic, Porthmadog, and notably Welsh Premier Champions The New Saints, and runners-up Bangor City on route to the showpiece final.
“Both teams are there on merit, nobody has an easy route to this year’s cup final,” said Morris, the former Plymouth, Blackpool, Huddersfield and Manchester City defender.
“We’ve had to beat TNS and Bangor, and Aberystwyth have had four Welsh Premier League ties.”
Morrison’s men will be without midfielder Callum Morris, who has captained the club in recent weeks, with defender George Horan absent through suspension.
Morris was shown a straight red card in the closing minutes of their defeat against Cefn Druids after lashing out at Druids’ Mike Pritchard.
“It’s really, really naive, I’ve no idea what he’s thinking,” said Morrison. “We’ve got to deal with (his absence) and we’ve always dealt with what’s been thrown as us.
“We’ve still got a decent squad of players that can come in and cover. It makes it more difficult, but we will be ready for the game.”
Meanwhile Aberystwyth Town’s director of football Neville Powell said that he expects his former club to be well up for the final.
“I know a lot of people in Connah’s Quay, and they haven’t been in a Welsh Cup final since then, there will be people there who were at the final 20 years ago,” he said.
“We know we’re going to be in for a tough game against them, this time we’ll be huge underdogs on the day, but we’re more than happy with that.
“When we won that semi-final in Bala, it was fantastic and it was great to see so many people happy. The players believe they can go on and win it” here.