The eight Genero Adran Premier clubs enter the Genero Adran Trophy on Sunday, all pitted against a second tier side who progressed from the group stage.
In a repeat of last season’s Adran Leagues promotion play-off final, Wrexham host Briton Ferry Llansawel at The Rock in the weekend’s stand out fixture.
The Red Dragons are in a rich vein of form having won five out of their last six matches in all competitions, but if last season’s play-off final is anything to go by, Steve Dale and his side will have to produce another Hollywood-esque performance to defeat the Genero Adran South leaders.
After losing the play-off final and the Bute Energy Welsh Cup final to Cardiff City, Ferry have responded perfectly in the early stages of the 2023/24 season. With a staggering 54 goals scored and not one loss to their name, this knockout tie is going to be filled with excitement and quality.
Llandudno pulled off one of the shocks of the tournament when they overcame Swansea City 2-1 at this stage last season and they meet the six-time top-flight champions once again.
Swansea have been impressive on the road so far this season, finding the net 19 times in six games. Chloe Chivers scored six goals in their 7-3 victory over Cwmbran Celtic in the Bute Energy Welsh Cup, so herself and The Swans will be eyeing up another goal-fest against a Seasiders side who haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last five matches.
Genero Adran Premier leaders Cardiff City have their eyes on all domestic silverware this season and after losing consecutive Genero Adran Trophy finals to Cardiff Met, the Bluebirds will be keen to finally get their hands on the trophy.
Iain Darbyshire’s side, who have kept three successive clean sheets, host Pontardawe Town in their round of 16 tie on Sunday.
Ponty stormed into the knockout stage after topping their group with three wins from three, but league form has been a problem. Losses to Cascade and Llanelli Town leave them requiring their best showing in recent memory if they are to progress in the competition.
Genero Adran Trophy holders Cardiff Met begin their quest to retain the trophy on home turf against Coed Duon.
The Archers are hoping to recover from back-to-back 3-0 defeats against Wrexham and Cardiff City, while the Dragons are currently bottom of the Genero Adran South and have not won since their Bute Energy Welsh Cup qualifying round triumph over Cambrian and Clydach Vale back in September.
A 2-1 victory over Llanelli at the beginning of the season proved to be enough for Coed Duon to reach the knockout stage of this competition.
The New Saints will be strong favourites going into their tie against Rhyl 1879. Greg Draper’s side have reached the semi-finals of this competition in the last two seasons and are currently fourth in the top-flight.
Adran North outlet Rhyl claimed just their second league win of the season two weeks ago against Airbus UK Broughton, but they will need to produce a performance of the highest quality if they were to overcome the Saints on Sunday.
Genero Adran Premier strugglers Pontypridd United will look to replicate their victory over Swansea University at this stage of the competition last season.
Efa Preece Jones got the goal for the Dragons that day and the in-form striker, who has nine goals in her last six games, is hoping to find the net once again.
Swansea University have had an impressive start to the Genero Adran South campaign and their most recent victory over title challengers Cascade YC Women has to be seen as one of their best results of the season. Dan Sheehan’s side edged into the knockout stage, finishing second in their group behind Briton Ferry.
Felinheli are facing another tough test this weekend as Barry Town United make the journey up to Cae Seilo. They will be looking to bounce back from consecutive Genero Adran North losses to Llandudno and Connah’s Quay Nomads. Felinheli drew 0-0 with Bangor in their final Genero Adran Trophy group game to secure their place in the knockout stage.
Barry, who are currently seventh in the Genero Adran Premier, will be hoping for a better performance than in last season’s round of 16, when they lost 3-2 to Connah’s Quay Nomads.
A 100% record in the Genero Adran North this season means that the Nomads are full of confidence heading into their home tie against Aberystwyth Town and they will be seeking revenge after a 2-0 defeat to the Seasiders in last season’s Bute Energy Welsh Cup.
Aberystwyth were semi-finalists in the Genero Adran Trophy last season and have recently earned back-to-back wins against Rhyl 1879 in the Bute Energy Welsh Cup and Barry Town United in the Genero Adran Premier. They will have to watch out for Nomads striker Phoebe Ellis, who already has 19 goals this season.