25 February 2022 |

Genero Adran Trophy | Weekend preview

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Four teams from the Genero Adran Premier will battle it out in the Genero Adran Trophy semi-finals this weekend.

The New Saints look to further showcase their improvement by advancing, as they welcome Cardiff Met to Park Hall.

Andy Williams’ side reached the semi-final stage after an impressive 4-0 victory over Connah’s Quay Nomads, before their quarter-final fixture against Port Talbot wasn’t played.

Despite a difficult start to the campaign, the Saints have improved as a team and will look to build on that in both Phase Two of the Adran Premier and this weekend’s semi-final.

Opponents Cardiff Metropolitan University will head into the contest full of confidence, after a stellar season so far.

Falling to defeat just twice this campaign, Yzzy Taylor’s side advanced from the quarter-final in dramatic fashion.

Having drawn 1-1 to Swansea City in normal time thanks to goals from Emily Allen and Chloe Chivers, goalkeeper Annabel Sweeney stepped up to take the headlines in the penalty shootout, sending Met through.

With last year’s winners now bowing out, the Archers will see the competition as a huge opportunity to end the campaign with silverware.

A player to watch will be Elianna Chavez, who will pose a real danger with her dynamism on the left.

In the other semi-final, Aberystwyth Town play host to Cardiff City at Park Avenue.

The Seasiders have had a remarkable season so far, securing a place in the Championship Conference of Phase Two in the Genero Adran Premier.

Gavin Allen’s side have improved massively this campaign, but will look to add the step of defeating the Bluebirds.

In the fixtures between the two sides this season, City have recorded 4-0, 2-0 and 2-1 victories, with the most recent a hard-fought win at the start of Phase Two.

The Bluebirds will be on a huge high after last week’s remarkable performance to end the three-year unbeaten run of back-to-back champions Swansea City, as they secured a 3-2 win.

A key battle in the contest at Park Avenue will be in midfield, with Seren Watkins standing out for the visitors this season, but will be facing off against Seasiders captain Kelly Thomas.