WELSH CUP

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BALA TOWN’S de­fence of the JD Welsh Cup is al­ready over after they crashed to a com­pre­hen­sive 4-0 third round de­feat at Aberys­t­wyth Town.

De­clan Walker put Aber in front after 15 min­utes and the tie was set­tled by three sec­ond-half goals in the space of 12 min­utes scored by Jon Owen, Joe Phillips and Luke Bor­relli to send the 2014 run­ners-up through.

This is the stage where the 12 Welsh Premier clubs en­ter the fray and also safety into to the last 16 are The New Saints – who have ap­peared in the last four fi­nals – after they thrashed 10-man Pen­rhyn­coch 6-0 at Park Hall.

Alex Dar­ling­ton, who also missed a penalty, net­ted a hat­trick with Blaine Hud­son, Aeron Ed­wards and Wes Fletcher also on the score­sheet.

The vis­i­tors, al­ready up against it, also had Rob Muf­fet sent off in the first half.

Ban­gor City, who en­joyed three straight cup wins be­tween 2008-10, are also through, but were taken all the way by Welsh League Di­vi­sion One side Cw­mam­man United, even­tu­ally run­ning out 4-3 win­ners.

Daniel Gos­set, An­der­son Cay­ola, James Demetriou and Bray­den Shaw grabbed the goals for the Cit­i­zens, while Ash­ley Cur­tis, Chris Allen and Ryan Thomas replied for Cw­mam­man.

Mean­while, South Wales Al­liance out­fit Peny­dar­ren BGC – the low­est-ranked side left in the com­pe­ti­tion – are also cel­e­brat­ing after their crush­ing 4-0 win at Llan­dudno Junc­tion, the bot­tom club in the Huws Gray Al­liance.

Chris Owen’s hat-trick in­spired the win while Ben Jones was also on tar­get.

Else­where, Car­marthen Town, rock bot­tom of the Welsh Premier, put their league woes to one side as Liam Thomas’ brace helped them to a 3-2 vic­tory at Am­man­ford.

Welsh League Di­vi­sion One lead­ers Haver­ford­west County, though, went out 3-1 at Pon­typridd Town of Di­vi­sion Two, while Air­bus edged out Gwent side Goytre 3-2 after ex­tra-time.

The other sides through are Flint Town United, Con­nah’s Quay No­mads, Llan­dudno, Llan­rhaeadr, New­town, Cardiff Met, Porth­madog and Ruthin Town.

The one re­main­ing third round tie will be played this af­ter­noon and sees Caernar­fon Town host Barry Town United (2.45pm).

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