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Barry travel to Caernarfon LIVE on S4C

1 year ago By Ashley Cox

Welsh Cup tie to be televised this December

Six-time winners Barry Town United will travel to Huws Gray Alliance side Caernarfon Town in the Third Round of the JD Welsh Cup, in a fixture to be televised LIVE on S4C on Sunday 3rd December (2.45pm).

20 years ago, the sides made history by contesting the first ever Welsh Premier League match to be broadcast live, a game that saw Barry overturn an early deficit to eventually win by five goals to two.

Two decades on, the crowd of 2,746 remains an official Welsh Premier League attendance record.

Barry and Caernarfon are historically linked by striker Eifion Williams; a player whose feats in the respective yellow jerseys would earn him a place in the S4C/Welsh Premier League Hall of Fame.

Today, the two Towns are two of the best-supported outfits in Welsh domestic football, with their respective fortunes on the field increasingly reminiscent of those heady days of the mid to late-90s.

As Barry brought their 13-year exodus from the national top flight to a storybook end in the spring, Caernarfon enjoyed another strong season, finishing only a place away from promotion of their own.

It in the historic Welsh Cup competition though that brings these teams together again, a tournament both clubs have thrived in in recent years, galvanising the fanbases at each.

In 2011-12, Barry took the scalp of invited entrants Merthyr at Penydarren Park, beating Haverfordwest County in extra-time before losing another thriller at Newport in Round 3.

The following season, Gavin Chesterfield’s Town made their way right through to the semi-finals, winning against Flint Town United in North Wales before being beaten 2-1 by Prestatyn Town.

Caernarfon meanwhile have not been shy to make their own mark in the Welsh Cup, attracting a crowd of 1,256 to the Oval for a memorable tie with The New Saints in November of 2014.

Then, in 2017, the Canaries would replicate Barry’s feat of four years prior by reaching the semi-finals, beaten 3-1 by eventual winners Bala Town, following an impressive run from the First Round.

This season’s meeting of Caernarfon and Barry will be the first at the Oval since 2003, when the hosts ran out 8-0 winners over a makeshift squad, pieced together by manager Matthew Case.

Brought in primarily from local league side N and M Construction, Case’s charges played an important part that day, ensuring Barry could continue on and rebound to today’s successes.

Kick-off on Sunday 3rd December is at 2.45pm, with the match to be broadcast across the nation.

Updated 17:35 - 9 Nov 2017 by Ashley Cox

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