HOLYHEAD HOTSPUR recorded one of the most memorable results in the clubs history with a dramatic 2-1 win over Bangor City in the third round of the JD Welsh Cup.
Hotspur had not beaten City in the cup since 1930 31 and in the first cup meeting since 1954 55, the Huws Gray Alliance side matched or bettered the Welsh Premier League visitors in most departments.
After a poor display in the first half, City improved markedly after the break and took the lead through Matt Woodward with half an hour remaining.
Hotspur rallied and playing well on the counter, got an equaliser courtesy of captain Rhys Roberts.
With the game edging towards extra time, Dean Garmey drilled a low shot past Connor Roberts in the 88th minute to send the home crowd delirious.
Hotspur will need to summon a performance of similar resolve when WPL flyers Bala Town for a fourth round tie in February.
In a cagey opening, neither side settled well and the scrappiness of the play was reflected in the bizarre nature of the games first chances.
After Rhys Roberts nearly turned the ball into his own net, Hotspur keeper Carl Jones rushed a kick from a short back pass and Mike Elstones charge down nearly went in.
Connor Roberts clawed away a freekick from the impressive 17-year old Jamie Roberts before Corey Jones missed a hat trick of half chances for Hotspur.
Nev Powells City emerged a different team after the interval. Previously unable to string together meaningful passages of play, Sion Edwards, Ashley Young and substitute Shaun Cavanagh began to move the ball with more purpose.
Chances were at a premium and Bangor cashed in when Jones spilled a routine catch to gift Matt Woodward a simple finish.
A goalkeeping error at the other end handed Hotspur a lifeline. Connor Roberts failed to claim a freekick and Rhys Roberts headed level.
Hotspur talisman Garmey had been peripheral but timed his impact to perfection, holding the ball up well and arrowing a low to Roberts right.
Hotspur held firm to secure their first cup win over WPL opposition since 2009 10 win over Newtown.