2014–15 Welsh Premier League

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Welsh Premier League
Season 2014-15
Champions The New Saints (9th Title)
Champions League The New Saints
Matches played 324
Goals scored 550 (1.7 per match)
Top goalscorer Chris Venables (25 goals)
Biggest home win Bala Town 8–1 Carmarthen Town
Biggest away win Cefn Druids 0–5 Aberystwyth Town
Highest scoring Bala Town 8–1 Carmarthen Town
Longest winning run 8 matches
The New Saints
Longest unbeaten run 24 matches
The New Saints
Longest winless run 10 games
Bangor City
Prestatyn Town
Longest losing run 5 games
Cefn Druids
All statistics correct as of 14 March 2015.

The 2014–15 Welsh Premier League (known as the Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League for sponsorship reasons) is the 23rd season of the Welsh Premier League, the highest football league within Wales since its establishment in 1992. The season began on 22 August 2014. The New Saints claimed their ninth Welsh top flight championship on March 14th 2015 after a 3-0 win against nearest rivals in the table Bala Town.

Teams[edit]

Location of the 2014–15 Welsh Premier League clubs

Afan Lido were relegated out of the Welsh Premier League the previous season, while Cefn Druids were promoted as winners of the Cymru Alliance.

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Aberystwyth Town Aberystwyth Park Avenue 5,000
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
Cefn Druids Wrexham The Rock 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 The Corbett Sports Stadium 3,000
The New Saints Oswestry Park Hall 2,000

Personnel and kits[edit]

Team Head Coach Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsors
Aberystwyth Wales Ian Hughes Wales Nike Cambrian Tyres
Airbus UK England Andy Preece Wales Macron Gardner Aerospace
Bala Wales Colin Caton Wales Joma Aykroyd's
Bangor Wales Neville Powell Wales Macron Pentraeth Kia
Carmarthen Wales Mark Aizlewood Wales Macron McGinley Support
Cefn Druids Wales Huw Griffiths Wales Joma AtWill Pubs
Nomads England Mark McGregor Wales Macron Think Accounting
Newtown Wales Chris Hughes Wales Macron NEO/EOM
Port Talbot Wales Jarred Harvey Wales Macron Blanco's
Prestatyn Wales Neil Gibson Wales Erreà G & G Foods
Rhyl England Greg Strong Wales FBT VanTruck
TNS Wales Carl Darlington Wales Legea Derma V10

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 The New Saints (C) 31 23 7 1 89 23 +66 76 2015–16 UEFA Champions League First qualifying round
2 Bala Town 31 18 4 9 66 41 +25 58 2015–16 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
3 Airbus UK Broughton 31 17 4 10 56 33 +23 55 Qualification to UEFA Europa League play-offs
4 Aberystwyth Town 31 13 10 8 67 60 +7 49
5 Port Talbot Town 31 13 4 14 53 57 −4 43
6 Newtown 31 10 8 13 51 59 −8 38
7 Rhyl 31 11 9 11 38 45 −7 42
8 Gap Connah's Quay 31 10 10 11 41 52 −11 40
9 Carmarthen Town 31 11 6 14 47 57 −10 39
10 Bangor City 31 8 8 15 44 59 −15 32
11 Cefn Druids 31 7 6 18 38 63 −25 27 Relegation to 2015–16 Welsh Football League Division One and Cymru Alliance
12 Prestatyn Town 31 4 6 21 42 83 −41 18

Updated to games played on 19 April 2015.
Source: Welsh Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results[edit]

Teams play each other twice on a home and away basis, before the league is split into two groups at the end of January 2015 – the top six and the bottom six.

Matches 1–22[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] ABE AIR BAL BAN CAR CDR GCQ NEW PTA PRE RHL TNS
Aberystwyth Town 2–1 4–0 3–3 5–3 4–2 1–1 1–0 0–3 3–1 2–0 1–1
Airbus UK Broughton 1–1 2–1 5–1 2–0 2–3 4–0 3–0 3–0 2–1 2–1 2–3
Bala Town 4–0 0–0 3–0 8–1 3–1 0–1 3–1 4–1 4–2 1–2 0–3
Bangor City 2–2 1–2 0–3 1–2 0–1 0–2 1–3 2–1 3–3 0–0 0–5
Carmarthen Town 1–3 2–1 1–2 0–2 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 3–1 1–0 1–2
Cefn Druids 0–5 1–1 0–1 2–2 1–3 3–2 0–2 2–1 3–1 0–1 0–4
Gap Connah's Quay 2–4 0–3 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–3 1–1 3–1 1–3 1–5
Newtown 6–3 1–0 1–2 2–1 0–2 4–1 1–2 3–3 4–3 1–0 2–3
Port Talbot Town 1–2 2–0 4–3 2–0 2–0 4–1 1–1 2–0 3–0 3–0 1–5
Prestatyn Town 2–1 0–2 3–3 1–2 1–3 0–4 3–2 2–2 2–1 1–2 1–3
Rhyl 0–1 1–2 0–1 3–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 0–3 2–2 2–2
The New Saints 1–1 1–1 1–0 2–0 3–0 3–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 6–0 6–1

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

Matches 23–32[edit]

UEFA Europa League play-offs[edit]

Teams who finish in positions third to seventh at the end of the regular season will take part in play-offs to determine the second participant for the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League.

Season statistics[edit]

As of 14 February 2015[1]

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player Team Goals
1 Wales Chris Venables Aberystwyth Town 25
2 England Martin Rose Port Talbot Town 14
3 New Zealand Greg Draper The New Saints 13
England Tom Field Airbus UK Broughton
England Lee Hunt Bala Town
Prestatyn Town
England Jason Oswell Newtown
7 Wales Luke Bowen Port Talbot Town 11
England Mark Connolly Bala Town
England Lee Healey Cefn Druids/Bangor
England Michael Wilde The New Saints

Hat-tricks[edit]

As of 14 February 2015
Player For Against Result Date
Wales Chris Venables4 Aberystwyth Town Cefn Druids 5–0[2] 22 August 2014
England Mark Connolly Bala Town Carmarthen Town 8–1[3] 7 September 2014
England Aaron Bowen Rhyl Bangor City 3–2[4] 14 September 2014
Wales Luke Boundford Newtown Aberystwyth Town 6–3[5] 4 October 2014
England Lee Healey Cefn Druids Prestatyn Town 3–1[6] 31 October 2014
England Martin Rose Port Talbot Town Aberystwyth Town 3–0[7] 20 December 2014
Wales Chris Hartland Carmarthen Town Bangor City 3–3[8] 31 January 2015
England Tom Field Airbus UK Broughton Aberystwyth Town 3–2[9] 14 February 2015

4 Player scored 4 goals

References[edit]

The league's rules are contained as a section of the Handbook of the Football Association of Wales.[10]

  1. ^ "Top 25 goal scorers season 2014/15". Welsh Premier League. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Venables' baptism of fire for new boys Druids". Welsh Premier League. 22 August 2014. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Carmarthen Town lose 8–1 at Bala in Welsh Premier League". Carmarthen Journal. 7 September 2014. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  4. ^ Hughes, Tomos (14 September 2014). "Bowen batters Bangor in superb Rhyl comeback". Rhyl Journal. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "Late winner puts Saints clear". Morning Star. 6 October 2014. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  6. ^ Harrison, Nick (3 November 2014). "Healey nets record-breaking hat-trick for Cefn Druids". The Leader. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "Carmarthen and Port Talbot move back into Top Six with wins". Welsh Premier League. 20 December 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "City snatch a point despite Hartland's hat-trick". Welsh Premier League. 31 January 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  9. ^ "Last-gasp Airbus keep Europa hopes alive". Welsh Premier League. 14 February 2015. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  10. ^ http://faw.org.uk/uploads/documents/originals/FAW_WELSHPREMLEAG_2013.pdf

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