The draw for the FAW Quarter Finals was made today by Wales Womens Team Manager Jarmo Matikainen at the Headquarters of the FAW in Cardiff.
Former Welsh Premier League outfit, Caernarfon Town have been drawn at home and they will entertain fellow-Welsh Alliance League side Glan Conwy, who lifted this Trophy in 2010. The Cofis captain Neil Thomas was pleased with the draw and he spoke with the FAW shortly after;
“I’m really pleased that we are at home. This is the last Round where you can enjoy home advantage, so it’s a great opportunity for us to play at the Oval in front of a strong local crowd, so I really hope the Town come out and support us.”
Thomas, who will be determined to reach the Final, having agonisingly missed the Welsh Cup Final in 2010 through suspension whilst at Port Talbot, recognises that it will be a tough test next month.
“Glan Conwy will be difficult. We had a great game earlier in the season against them in the League, where we just won 3-2, and we actually play them at home this Friday in the League, so we will know them well by the time we play the Trophy match.”
Swansea Senior League team Kilvey Fords, who beat holders Sully in Round 4 will also be pleased with home advantage when they take on Dafen Welfare.
Welsh League division 3 side Treowen Stars, who are mid-table in their League, are at home to Borras Park Albion who have won every game in the Welsh National League division 1 this season.
Cwm & Llantwit Welfare of the South Wales Senior League will also be pleased with home advantage as they will host the winner of the outstanding Round 5 tie between Holywell Town and Brymbo FC.
The FAW Head of Competitions Andrew Howard said; “I have certainly noticed an improved standard and level of competition in recent years in the FAW Trophy and to have people like Jarmo interested in making the draw, it adds to the kudos of the Competition.”
It is a further boost to the profile of the FAW Trophy after highlights of the Llanberis versus Caernarfon Town fixture was shown on S4/C’s Sgorio programme on Monday evening and Howard added;
“Except for the Final, I can’t recall any television footage of the FAW Trophy previously, so this shows S4/C’s commitment to Welsh football, the domestic game and indeed the interest that this Competition is generating.
The FAW Trophy is open to all clubs in Wales at Level 3 of the FAW pyramid and below. The FAW invests £15,000 of prize money annually into the FAW Trophy, with the winners scooping £5,000.
Caernarfon Town v Glan Conwy
Cwm and Llantwit Welfare v Holywell Town / Brymbo
Kilvey Fords v Dafen Welfare
Treowen Stars v Borras Park Albion
Ties are to be played on Saturday 9th February 2013
Losing Quarter Finalists £1,000
Losing Semi Finalists £1,500