2014–15 Welsh Premier League

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Welsh Premier League
Season2014–15
ChampionsThe New Saints (9th title)
RelegatedPrestatyn
Cefn Druids
Champions LeagueThe New Saints
Europa LeagueBala Town
Airbus
Newtown
Matches played192
Goals scored656 (3.42 per match)
Top goalscorerChris Venables (25 goals)
Biggest home winBala Town 8–1 Carmarthen Town
Biggest away winCefn Druids 0–5 Aberystwyth Town
Highest scoringBala Town 8–1 Carmarthen Town
Longest winning run8 matches
The New Saints
Longest unbeaten run30 matches
The New Saints
Longest winless run10 games
Bangor City
Prestatyn Town
Longest losing run5 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) was 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 14 March 2015 after a 3–0 win against nearest rivals in the table Bala Town.

Teams[edit]

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 Givova 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) 32 23 8 1 90 24 +66 77 2015–16 UEFA Champions League First qualifying
2 Bala Town 32 18 5 9 67 42 +25 59 2015–16 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
3 Airbus UK Broughton 32 18 4 10 62 34 +28 58
4 Aberystwyth Town 32 14 10 8 69 61 +8 52 Qualification for UEFA Europa League play-offs
5 Port Talbot Town 32 13 4 15 54 59 −5 43
6 Newtown (O) 32 10 8 14 52 65 −13 38
7 Connah's Quay Nomads 32 11 10 11 44 53 −9 43 Qualification for UEFA Europa League play-offs
8 Rhyl 32 11 9 12 41 49 −8 42
9 Carmarthen Town 32 12 6 14 48 57 −9 42
10 Bangor City 32 9 8 15 48 62 −14 35
11 Cefn Druids (R) 32 7 6 19 38 64 −26 27 Relegation to 2015–16 Cymru Alliance
12 Prestatyn Town (R) 32 4 6 22 43 86 −43 18
Source: Welsh Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.

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 ABE AIR BAL BAN CMR CDR CQN 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
Connah's Quay Nomads 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
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Matches 23–32[edit]

UEFA Europa League play-offs[edit]

Teams who finished in positions fourth to seventh at the end of the regular season took part in play-offs to determine the third participant for the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League.

Semi-finals[edit]

Port Talbot Town0–1 (a.e.t.)Newtown
Boundford Goal 120'
Attendance: 347
Referee: Kevin Perry

Aberystwyth3–2Connah's Quay
Venables Goal 18' (pen.)
Evans Goal 84' (o.g.)
Jones Goal 90'
Report Miller Goal 14'
Evans Goal 67'
Attendance: 391
Referee: Bryn Markham-Jones

Final[edit]

Aberystwyth1–2Newtown
Venables Goal 29' (pen.) Report Goodwin Goal 9'
Hearsey Goal 43'
Attendance: 1,012
Referee: Lee Evans

Season statistics[edit]

As of 18 May 2015[1]

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player Team Goals
1 Wales Chris Venables Aberystwyth Town 28
2 England Martin Rose Port Talbot Town 18
England Jason Oswell Newtown
4 New Zealand Greg Draper The New Saints 17
England Lee Hunt Bala Town
6 England Michael Wilde The New Saints 16
England Tom Field Airbus UK Broughton
8 Wales Luke Bowen Port Talbot Town 14
9 England Mark Connolly Bala Town 13
England Ian Sheridan Bala Town
11 England Lee Healey Cefn Druids F.C/Bangor 12

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. Archived from the original on 1 December 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. Archived from the original on 1 February 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  9. ^ "Last-gasp Airbus keep Europa hopes alive". Welsh Premier League. 14 February 2015. Archived from the original on 15 February 2015. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  10. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-12-03. Retrieved 2014-07-14.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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