AFTER defeating Aberystwyth Town on Saturday, Airbus have been drawn to face The New Saints in the semi-final of the FAW Welsh Cup. The tie will be played on April 4 or 5 at a venue to be announced.

In the other semi-final, Newtown will play Rhyl, who were 2-1 victors at Carmarthen Town on Sunday afternoon.

Interviewed after Saturday's Park Avenue success, director of football Andy Preece was resigned to the possibility of meeting TNS in the last four.

"You're going to play TNS at some point, you'd expect them to get to the final so it doesn't really matter, they are all going to be tough opponents. I think anybody who is in the final four will think they can win it and we think we've got a chance."

In the last four years, Airbus have faced TNS away in the quarter-finals of the Welsh Cup as well as playing the reigning champions in the semi-final of the League Cup over two legs, in the semi-final of the League Cup away, and home and away in the quarter-finals.

The Wingmakers' 2012/13 Welsh Cup campaign ended with an away tie at Bangor City in the last eight and, and after hearing of today's draw, Preece added: "Lady Luck is not on our side again but we will give it our best shot and it's just great to be in the semi-finals." 

Of Saturday's win, Preece commented: "It was frustrating watching from the stands, there was a temporary spell where I got stopped from talking to the bench, although in the rules it said I was allowed to, and that was probably the best 10 minutes that Aberystwyth had in the game where they had a couple of opportunities.

"But, other than that, I thought we were magnificent, coming away here and again dominating the game. We nearly slipped-up because we don't take our chances - one was the easiest of chances, I say that because it was a penalty, but you're under pressure.

"But we showed character with 10-men and you wouldn't have known we were down to 10-men because we were dominating again.

"Despite our domination we didn't create enough chances and it is a concern for us, we tend to be playing really well up until the 18-yard box and even inside it, but we created two or three really good opportunities that we should have taken.

"I didn't think our chance had gone when Tom Field missed the penalty because there was little time left in the game and we were pretty much dominant within that period with 10-men so I always felt we would maybe get another opportunity to score or we've got a 50/50 chance in the penalties.

"And we showed good quality, there were some quality penalties there because Mike Lewis is a great keeper and a good shot stopper, I don't think he could have saved any of them even if he'd gone the right way."