It's the Nathaniel MG Cup Semi Final day!
The Lakesiders welcome last season's finalists to Maes Tegid this afternoon, as we look to reach the Final for the first time since the 2014-15 season, where The New Saints ran out as 3-0 victors at Newtown's Latham Park.
On the other hand, The Met are looking to reach successive Nathaniel MG Cup Finals, having lost out to Connah's Quay Nomads last season by way of a 10-9 defeat on penalties.
The Met have won this competition previously, as they beat Cymru South side Cambrian & Clydach Vale 2-0 at Barry Town's Jenner Park back in the 2018-19 season, while also featuring in three of the last four Nathaniel MG Cup Finals.
Bala Town vs Cardiff Met
Nathaniel MG Cup Semi Final
Maes Tegid, LL23 7UY
Saturday 26th of November, 1:00pm kick-off
Insight into our opponents
Road To The Semi's:
(A) Ammanford AFC 0-3 - Quarter Final
(H) Aberystwyth Town 2-2 (5-3p) - Round of 16
(H) Newtown 2-1 - Round of 32
Sam Jones: The 24 year old is currently joint 2nd in the goalscoring charts for the Nathaniel MG Cup this season, having netted 3 goals in 3 appearances. While in the league, the Welshman has collected six goals in 13 appearances, as he burst into the 2022/23 Cymru Premier season with four goals in his opening two matches, scoring a 26 minute hat-trick against Aberystwyth Town in his second game of the season, which set him up to be the Met's main man for the season. However, his last league goal stretches back to the end of August, where he netted two goals in a 3-0 win against Pontypridd United. Although, you most definitely can't write him off for not scoring in recent matches, as it's evident he knows where the goal is! The Lakesiders defence will have to keep on their toes should he feature today, as he'll look to get behind the defence with his pace.
The Lakesiders endured a torrid time last weekend in our league meeting with the Met, as the match ended in a 1-0 defeat; not to mention a Red Card was shown to our Captain Chris Venables late in the game. The Town will look to forget that defeat and move on to this weekend's Semi Final!
Previous to last weekend's defeat, the Town were unbeaten in our last five meetings with the Met, despite three of them meetings ended in draws. Our last victory against the Met was only just this season, as a 2-0 victory at Maes Tegid back in September saw us take all three points. However, today is a Semi Final, and form goes out the window in such games!
Referee - Bryn Marham-Jones
Assistant Referee 1 - Ashley Jonathan Davis
Assistant Referee 2 - Harry Hendricks
Fourth Official - Benjamin Hyla Allan Williams
Referee Observer - Paul Morgan
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