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Welsh Premier League
2017–18
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Season information
Dates 11 August 2017 – 20 May 2018
Winners The New Saints (12th title)
Relegated Prestatyn Town
Bangor City (due to failing the
domestic licence criteria)
Season statistics
Goals scored 257
Biggest home win New Saints 6–1 Prestatyn
(14 October 2017)
Aberystwyth 7-1 Prestatyn
(16 December 2017)
Bangor 5–0 Bala
(24 November 2017)
Biggest away win Carmarthen 0–5 New Saints
(30 September 2017)
Highest scoring Bangor 5–2 New Saints
(11 August 2017)
New Saints 6–1 Prestatyn
(14 October 2017)
New Saints 5–2 Carmarthen
(25 November 2017)
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The 2017–18 Welsh Premier League is the 26th season of the Welsh Premier League, the highest football league within Wales since its establishment in 1992. The New Saints are the defending champions. The season fixtures were announced on 23 June 2017. The season began on 11 August 2017 and will conclude in April 2018; the Europa League play-offs will follow afterwards. Teams played each other twice on a home and away basis, before the league split into two groups at the end of January 2018 – the top six and the bottom six.

On 26 April 2018 the FAW Club Licensing Appeals Body decided to revoke Bangor City's Tier 1 and UEFA licence meaning that they would automatically drop down to the second level of Welsh football the next season and would not be able to compete for a place in the following season's Europa League.

Teams

The bottom two placed teams from the previous season, Rhyl and Airbus UK Broughton were relegated to the Cymru Alliance for the 2017–18 season. They were replaced by Barry Town United and Prestatyn Town, champions of the 2016–17 Welsh Football League Division One and 2016–17 Cymru Alliance respectively.

Stadia and locations

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Aberystwyth Town Aberystwyth Park Avenue 5,000
Bala Town Bala Maes Tegid 3,000
Bangor City Bangor Nantporth 3,000
Barry Town United Barry Jenner Park 3,500
Cardiff Metropolitan University Cardiff Cyncoed Campus 1,620
Carmarthen Town Carmarthen Richmond Park 3,000
Cefn Druids Wrexham The Rock 3,000
Connah's Quay Nomads Connah's Quay Deeside Stadium 1,500
Llandudno Llandudno Park MBi Maesdu 1,013
Newtown Newtown Latham Park 5,000
Prestatyn Town Prestatyn Bastion Road 2,000
The New Saints Oswestry Park Hall 2,000

League table

Pos
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 The New Saints 32 23 5 4 83 32+51 74
2018–19 UEFA Champions League First qualifying round
2 Bangor City  (R) 32 19 3 10 49 32+17 60 Relegation to Cymru Alliance
3 Connah's Quay Nomads 32 17 6 9 46 29+17 57 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round
4 Bala Town 32 15 4 13 37 48−11 49 Qualification to the Europa League preliminary round
5 Cefn Druids  (O) 32 12 8 12 38 41−3 44 Qualification to Europa League play-offs
6 Cardiff Metropolitan University 32 12 7 13 46 41+5 43
7 Barry Town 32 16 5 11 39 31+8 53
8 Newtown 32 12 4 16 52 55−3 40
9 Aberystwyth Town 32 10 7 15 47 56−9 37
10 Llandudno 32 9 9 14 39 44−5 36
11 Carmarthen Town 32 8 5 19 35 62−27 29
12 Prestatyn Town  (R) 32 4 7 21 27 67−40 19 Relegation to Cymru Alliance
Source: Welsh Premier League
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round; (Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament

UEFA Europa League play-offs

Teams that finish in positions third to seventh at the end of the regular season will participate in play-offs to determine the third participant for the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League, who will qualify for the preliminary round. However, due to Bangor's expulsion, there was just one semi-final, with fifth place Cefn gaining a bye to the final after Bala Town (who had finished 4th) took Bangor's place.

Semi-final

12 May 2018 (2018-05-12)
17:15hrs
Cardiff Met 4–1 Barry Town United Cyncoed Campus
Attendance: 665
Referee: Dean John
Roscrow Soccerball 26'73'
Evans Soccerball 30'
Sainty Soccerball 43' (o.g.)
Report Newman Soccerball 89'

Final

20 May 2018 (2018-05-20)
12:25hrs
Cefn Druids 1–0 Cardiff Met The Rock
Attendance: 779
Referee: Nick Pratt
J.Davies Soccerball 16'

Season statistics

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month Goal of the Month
Manager Club Player Club Player Club
August Flag of Wales Alan Morgan Llandudno Flag of Wales Adam Roscrow Cardiff Met. England Brayden Shaw Bangor City
September Flag of Wales Scott Ruscoe The New Saints Flag of Wales Kayne McLaggon Barry Town United England Steven Hewitt Bangor City
October Flag of Wales Huw Griffiths Cefn Druids Flag of Wales Eliot Evans Cardiff Met.
November England Kevin Nicholson Bangor City England Dean Rittenberg Bangor City
December Flag of Wales Colin Caton Bala Town Flag of Wales Chris Venables Bala Town
January Flag of Wales Scott Ruscoe The New Saints Flag of Wales Aeron Edwards The New Saints
February Flag of Wales Gavin Chesterfield Barry Town United Flag of Wales Declan Walker Aberystwyth Town
March Flag of Wales Gavin Chesterfield Barry Town United Flag of Wales Michael Bakare Connah's Quay Nomads

Top goalscorers

Rank Player Team Goals
1 England Jason Oswell Newtown 22
2 Flag of New Zealand Greg Draper The New Saints 15
England Alex Darlington The New Saints
4 England Mike Haynes Bala Town 14
5 Flag of Wales Daniel Nardiello Bangor City 13
6 Flag of Poland Adrian Cieslewicz The New Saints 12
7 England Nick Rushton Connah's Quay Nomads/Newtown 11
Flag of Wales Liam Thomas Carmarthen Town
9 England Tony Gray Airbus UK Broughton 10
England Ashley Ruane Cefn Druids
Flag of Wales Henry Jones Bangor City

External links

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Domestic cups
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UEFA competitions

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Super Cup

International competitions

2018 FIFA World Cup (UEFA qualification) · 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup

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