Semi-finalists last year, a Welsh Cup first round qualifier against Treforest of the South Wales Amateur League gave Barry Town United a stark reminder of their demoted status within Welsh football. Though back playing competitive football at Jenner Park is a priceless alternative to the bleak future which the club faced just weeks ago.
And the Dragons did indeed savour every moment as they swept aside Treforest, storming to an 8-0 victory.
Jordon Cotterill put Barry ahead early on to settle any nerves and Michael Hartley quickly followed up, to starve off any threat of Treforest spoiling the party, with a delightful chip.
Troy Greening and Jordan Cotterill put Barry well and truly out of sight, making it 7-0.
16-year-old substitute Bradley O’Laughlin crashed an effort against the crossbar within minutes of making his debut before eventually sealing a one-sided encounter, with Barry’s eighth of the afternoon.
The second qualifying round draw is made today, with the following Welsh League Division Two clubs entering the competition – Ammanford, Britton Ferry Llansawel, Caerau, Caerleon, Caldicot Town, Croesyceiliog, Dinas Powys, Garden Village, Newport YMCA, Penrhiwceiber Rangers AFC.