Cwmbran Celtic to host Cymru Premier giants TNS in Welsh Cup quarter-finals

DELIGHT: Cwmbran Celtic, pictured earlier this season, will take on Cymru Premier champions TNS in the Welsh Cup quarter-finals <i>(Image: Picture: Steve Roberts)</i>
DELIGHT: Cwmbran Celtic, pictured earlier this season, will take on Cymru Premier champions TNS in the Welsh Cup quarter-finals (Image: Picture: Steve Roberts)

CWMBRAN Celtic have earned a mouth-watering Welsh Cup quarter-final clash against holders The New Saints.

The Gwent club will take on the Cymru Premier champions and runaway leaders next weekend on home soil.

They earned a shot at TNS by beating Penydarren BGC of Ardal SW 3-2 in a nervy clash on Wednesday evening.

Celtic, eighth in Cymru South, were in complete control at half-time of a fixture that had been shifted to the Bont Playing Fields because of three previous postponements due to the weather.

Andrew Larcombe fired them into the lead from distance early on and then flicked in Tom Meechan's cross. Just 13 minutes were on the clock when it was 3-0 after Dominic Connor slotted.

Penydarren got back into the game approaching the hour through Alex Long and George Kabza made it 3-2 in the closing stage but Cwmbran held on.

Celtic, who lost in-form striker Alex Bonthron in January after he moved up the levels to Merthyr, beat Ammanford 1-0 in the first round, won a penalty shootout with Llantwit Major after a 2-2 draw, won a 4-3 thriller with Carmarthen Town and then beat Penydarren for their big prize against TNS.

The Oswestry side have a 13-point lead in the top flight with a record of 18 wins and three draws from 21 games.