Top 10 club matches of the decade: Prestatyn Town

Prestatyn celebrate their amazing Welsh Cup final success over Bangor City at the Racecourse in 2013. Picture: Hollie Jones

1 Prestatyn Town 3 Bangor City 1 (Welsh Cup final – May 6, 2013)

Nothing can be much better than winning the Welsh Cup for the first time in your club’s 103-year history.
That is what occurred on May 6, 2013, when Prestatyn defeated eight-time cup winners Bangor City 3-1 in extra time at the Racecourse Ground, Wrexham.
Jason Price handed Town a very early lead from close range, but City had a great chance to equalise before the 10-minute mark after being awarded a penalty.
Dave Morley took the kick, but Prestatyn keeper Jon Hill-Dunt produced a great save at full stretch.
Further Hill-Dunt heroics ensured Neil Gibson’s side remained in front up to half time.
Bangor equalised on the hour when Chris Simm’s effort was bundled into his own net by Chris Davies.
No further goals so extra time was needed, and the final turned on a key decision by referee Kevin Morgan, who felt Michael Johnston had fouled Andy Parkinson outside the box, wide left.
Johnston was shown a second yellow card and had to leave the field. To add insult to injury, Parkinson’s free kick was glanced in by Ross Stephens at the near post.
Prestatyn clinched the cup when Price made it 3-1 in the second period.

2 Leipajas Metalurgs 1 Prestatyn Town 2 (Europa League 1st qualifying round, aggregate 3-3, Prestatyn won 4-3 on pens – July 11, 2013)

Surely the North Wales football image of the decade? Gareth Hughes catches Prestatyn’s celebrations after their penalty shoot-out victory in Latvia

Just two months after winning the Welsh Cup, Prestatyn produced another stunning performance by winning their first-ever European tie the hard way.
Trailing 2-1 from the first leg in Rhyl to Metalurgs, the Latvians looked to be cruising when Valerijs Afanasjevs struck early in the return.
But the hosts had Dzintars Zirnis sent off and Ross Stephens started Prestatyn’s fightback before player-manager Neil Gibson grabbed a 90th-minute goal to make it 3-3 in the tie and all-square on away goals.
Extra time was scoreless and Prestatyn emerged winners 4-3 on penalties.
Jurgis Kalns missed the opening spot-kick for Metalurgs and Gibson took advantage to score and give Prestatyn an advantage they never squandered.
Stephens, Sean Hessey and Michael Parker all found the back of the net for the Welsh Premier League side before Davis Ikaunieks missed a second penalty for the home team, handing Prestatyn victory.

3 Rhyl 5 Prestatyn Town 5 (NWCFA Coast Challenge Cup final, Prestatyn won 4-3 on pens – Aug 2013)

Prestatyn players, officials and fans celebrate with the NWCFA Challenge Cup

Surely one of the greatest-ever matches in North Wales football history.
Both teams were on the crest of a wave.
After finishing top six in the Welsh Premier, Prestatyn had just lifted the Welsh Cup for the first time in their history, then won their debut tie in Europe.
Rhyl had become the first-ever Huws Gray Alliance champions to emerge through an entire season unbeaten.
What was to happen that night at Belle Vue was scarcely believable.
The Lilywhites took a 17th minute lead through Steve Lewis, but three minutes later Chris Davies equalised with a left foot scorcher.
Josh Williams for the hosts and Town’s Carl Murray exchanged goals, then Davies lashed home to put the visitors in front for the first time.
Rhyl levelled in the 37th minute when Lewis converted a penalty, but seconds later a stunning 30-yarder by Dave Hayes made it 4-3 to Prestatyn.
An amazing first half concluded with Lewis completing his hat-trick via a fantastic deft angled chip.
The second half was a tamer, tighter affair by comparison and it was not until the 73rd minute that another goal was scored, Andy Parkinson slotting home.
But the Lilies made it 5-5 when Dave Forbes netted with a stupendous volley.
Rhyl’s hat-trick hero Lewis was red carded in injury time for a late lunge on Rhys Owen.
Extra time brought few clear chances, so it went to penalties.
It was 2-1 to Rhyl when Ross Stephens’ kick was saved by Louis Gray.
Chris Rimmer missed a chance to make it 3-1 to the Lilies when Jon Hill-Dunt kept out his effort and Davies levelled with the next kick.
It went to 3-3 before Danny Hughes’ strike was saved by Hill-Dunt and it was left to Hayes to put away the winning penalty.

4 Prestatyn Town 4 Bangor City 2 (Welsh Premier – Jan 2, 2011)

Bangor arrived at Bastion Gardens unbeaten in the Welsh Premier League.
City won their first 15 games to set a modern-day British top-flight record, had drawn match 16 and sought to repeat their victory over Prestatyn a month earlier on day two of 2011.
But the Seasiders weaved their magic on their day, two late Steve Rogers goals clinching the three points.
It was 2-2 until the closing stages, Lee Hunt and Ross Stephens also on the mark for Town, Jamie Reed and Craig Garside replying for the Citizens.

5 Aberystwyth Town 1 Prestatyn Town 5 (Welsh Cup round four – Jan 28, 2017)

In the season they won the Cymru Alliance title by a huge 16-point margin, Prestatyn proved they were more than ready for the top flight by thrashing Welsh Premier club Aberystwyth 5-1 on their own pitch.
James Stead was the chief hero for the Seasiders with a hat-trick, Noah Edwards and a Sam Rodon own goal making up the five.
Prestatyn went on to give Connah’s Quay Nomads a great battle in the quarter-finals before going out on penalties.

6 Prestatyn Town 4 Rhyl 4 (Prestatyn won 5-3 on pens, Welsh Cup quarter-finals – Feb 27, 2010)

Right at the start of the decade the Seasiders recorded a famous Welsh Cup win over Denbighshire neighbours Rhyl at Bastion Gardens.
In four previous Welsh Premier clashes with the Lilywhites, Town had failed to record a victory, but things were to be different in the Welsh Cup.
Rhyl led 3-2 at half time, Mark Connolly (2) and Matty Williams netting for the Lilies, Michael Parker and Gareth Wilson replying.
Prestatyn turned the tables after the break, ex-Rhyl hero Andy Moran and Neil Gibson making it 4-3 to the hosts, but Rob Turner levelled in the 90th minute to force extra time.
There were no further goals in the added half-hour, so it went to spot-kicks and Town prevailed 5-3.

7 Prestatyn Town 7 Carmarthen Town 1 (Welsh Premier – September 8, 2012)

Early on in what was to become the finest season in their history, Prestatyn were unstoppable as they racked up what was then their record Welsh Premier win at the expense of Carmarthen.
Player-manager Neil Gibson netted twice, as did Michael Parker, both via the penalty spot, and the doubles were completed by two great finishes from Jason Price, one a bullet header and the other a shot from just outside the box.
Andy Parkinson, who was fouled for both penalties, started the ball rolling with a very early goal.
Carmarthen finished the match with nine players.

8 Caernarfon Town 1 Prestatyn Town 4 (Nathaniel MG Cup, Sep 24, 2019)

Prestatyn’s Kai Edwards takes on Caernarfon

Caernarfon had made a strong start to the Welsh Premier season, but they were no match for the on-fire Cymru North leaders Prestatyn on this evening.
Jack Kenny and Jordan Davies scored in the first half, and the Canaries faced an even more uphill task after Jamie Crowther was sent off for dissent.
Sion Bradley pulled one back for the hosts early in the second half, but further goals from Kenny and Davies sealed a cracking win for the Seasiders.

9 Rhyl 0 Prestatyn Town 3 (Cymru North – Dec 26, 2018)

Prestatyn claimed a first-ever league win over a Rhyl side on a run of nine straight victories.
This was the first occasion the coastal rivals had met in the Cymru Alliance, their previous eight clashes having all come in the Welsh Premier (the Lilywhites winning four and drawing four).
A Boxing Day derby drew an attendance of 834, but the crowd were to witness no goals in the first half.
In the 57th minute Prestatyn made the vital breakthrough. A ball into the Rhyl penalty area was not dealt with by the defence and after chances for Ian Griffiths and Ben Nash, the ball eventually fell to Alex Jones who slotted home.
On 65 minutes, Danny Davies’ shot made it 2-0. Davies then set up Griffiths for number three in the 73rd minute.

10 Prestatyn Town 4 Bala Town 1 (Welsh Premier – Aug 25, 2013)

Games against Bala are always difficult, so to beat them 4-1 is quite an achievement.
Prestatyn dazzled under the lights in this evening encounter, taking a first-half lead with a magnificent free kick from Andy Parkinson – one that had to be seen to be believed.
The advantage was doubled in the second period when a Chris Davies shot was saved, but Parkinson snapped up the rebound.
A MIchael Parker header made it 3-0, and although Ian Sheridan nodded home for the Lakesiders, Lee Hunt rose highest from a corner to score Prestatyn’s fourth.

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