2013–14 Welsh Premier League

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Welsh Premier League
Season 2013–14

The 2013–14 Welsh Premier League (known as the Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League for sponsorship reasons) was the 22nd season of the Welsh Premier League, the highest football league within Wales since its establishment in 1992. The season began on 23 August 2013 and ended on 17 May 2014 with the Europa League play-off final.[1]

The New Saints won the league after 29 games.

Teams[edit]

Llanelli were relegated out of the Welsh Premier League the previous season, while Rhyl were promoted as winners of the Cymru Alliance.

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Aberystwyth Town Aberystwyth Park Avenue 5,000
Afan Lido Aberavon Lido Ground 4,200
Airbus UK Broughton Broughton The Airfield 1,600
Bala Town Bala Maes Tegid 3,000
Bangor City Bangor Nantporth 3,000
Carmarthen Town Carmarthen Richmond Park 3,000
Gap Connah's Quay Connah's Quay Deeside Stadium 1,500
Newtown Newtown Latham Park 5,000
Port Talbot Town Port Talbot Victoria Road 6,000
Prestatyn Town Prestatyn Bastion Road 2,300
Rhyl Rhyl Belle Vue 3,000
The New Saints Oswestry Park Hall 2,000

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 The New Saints (C) 32 22 7 3 86 20 +66 73 2014–15 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Airbus UK Broughton 32 17 9 6 56 34 +22 0591 2014–15 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
3 Carmarthen Town 32 14 6 12 54 51 +3 48 Qualification to UEFA Europa League play-offs
4 Bangor City (O) 32 14 6 12 47 50 −3 48
5 Newtown 32 12 6 14 46 58 −12 42
6 Rhyl 32 11 5 16 43 49 −6 38
7 Aberystwyth Town 32 15 9 8 72 48 +24 0512 2014–15 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round 3
8 Bala Town 32 13 6 13 61 45 +16 45
9 Port Talbot Town 32 10 8 14 45 53 −8 38
10 Gap Connah's Quay 32 10 8 14 47 65 −18 38
11 Prestatyn Town 32 9 8 15 42 47 −5 0354
12 Afan Lido (R) 32 3 6 23 21 50 −29 15 Relegation to 2014–15 Welsh Football League Division One

Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1 Airbus UK Broughton were deducted one point over a registration of a player.
2 Aberystwyth Town were deducted three points for fielding a player under a yellow card suspension.
3 The 2013–14 Welsh Cup final was won by The New Saints. As The New Saints qualified for 2014–15 UEFA Champions League First qualifying round, Aberystwyth Town qualify automatically for the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round.
4 Prestatyn Town were spared from relegation as Haverfordwest County, the only Welsh Football League Division 1 team to have been awarded a FAW Domestic Licence, failed to finish in the top two of the mentioned 2nd-tier league.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.

Points deductions[edit]

Before the league season split into two, both Airbus UK Broughton and Aberystwyth Town both had a points deduction and fines given to them, with Airbus UK Broughton receiving a one pont deduction over a player registration,[2] with Aberystwyth Town's ruling at a Disciplinary Panel meant they were deducted three points over playing a suspended player in a match against gap Connah's Quay.[3]

Results[edit]

Teams played each other twice on a home and away basis, before the league was split into two groups at the end of January 2014 - the top six and the bottom six.

Matches 1–22[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] ABE AFA AIR BAL BAN CAR GCQ NEW PTA PRE RHL TNS
Aberystwyth Town 3–0 2–1 1–1 3–3 3–2 3–3 3–3 1–2 1–0 3–2 2–2
Afan Lido 2–1 1–3 1–6 0–3 2–2 2–1 2–2 0–3 0–1 0–3 1–2
Airbus UK Broughton 4–1 2–0 2–1 0–1 1–0 1–2 6–1 3–0 2–0 2–2 1–1
Bala Town 0–0 0–0 1–2 1–0 2–4 7–0 1–0 0–0 2–1 0–1 1–3
Bangor City 3–2 1–0 0–1 4–2 0–1 4–1 2–1 1–1 0–1 2–3 1–2
Carmarthen Town 0–3 3–0 0–1 2–0 4–4 3–3 0–2 3–1 2–1 1–0 0–0
Gap Connah's Quay 0–4 0–0 1–2 2–1 2–1 1–3 0–4 0–2 2–2 1–3 0–4
Newtown 0–0 3–3 2–2 2–1 0–1 0–4 2–3 2–0 2–1 2–0 1–0
Port Talbot Town 3–0 5–1 1–1 0–2 1–2 1–1 0–0 0–1 1–2 1–0 1–3
Prestatyn Town 2–2 1–2 2–3 4–1 0–0 1–1 1–2 5–2 0–0 0–0 1–0
Rhyl 0–3 3–0 2–2 2–4 0–0 2–0 2–1 0–1 5–2 2–1 0–2
The New Saints 4–0 3–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 6–0 5–0 5–1 6–0 3–0 3–0

Source: Welsh Premier League
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Matches 23–32[edit]

UEFA Europa League play-offs[edit]

Teams who finished in positions third through sixth at the end of the regular season took part in play-offs to determine the second participant for the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League.

Semi-finals[edit]

10 May 2014
15:00 BST
Bangor City 1–0 Newtown
Chris Jones Goal 57' Report
Book People Stadium, Bangor
Attendance: 572
Referee: Huw Jones

10 May 2014
15:00 BST
Carmarthen Town 1–6 Rhyl
Bassett Goal 45+3' Report Forbes Goal 42'90'
McManus Goal 51' (pen.)
Cadwallader Goal 53'
Lewis Goal 59'68' (pen.)
GenQuip Stadium, Port Talbot[A]
Attendance: 311
Referee: Lee Evans
Notes
  1. ^ Carmarthen Town played their home match at GenQuip Stadium, Port Talbot instead of their regular stadium, Richmond Park, Carmarthen.

Final[edit]

17 May 2014
15:00 BST
Bangor City 2–0 Rhyl
Davies Goal 64'
Chris Jones Goal 74' (pen.)
Report
Book People Stadium, Bangor
Attendance: 1,442
Referee: Mark Whitby

References[edit]

The league's rules are contained as a section of the Handbook of the Football Association of Wales.[4]

External links[edit]