Denbigh Town set up a Lock Stock Cookson Challenge Cup Final meeting with Holyhead Hotspur after producing a scintillating second half display to win 4-2 at Nantlle Vale on Saturday.
Hosts Vale took a 19th minute lead when the Town defence were slow to react to Chris Parry’s quick free kick laid straight to Sion Williams in space in the box and he was able to turn and place the ball past advancing keeper Joe Griffith.
Nantlle upped the pressure and only good away defending denied them a second goal.
As the first half reached its latter stages Denbigh started to take control.
Chris Bennett’s free kick flew just over the crossbar, then from a Jacob Barratt corner Paul Fleming’s header from 10 yards was cleared off the goal line by Cai Parry.
Denbigh’s pressure had to pay off and it did in the 44th minute. Left-back Dan Lloyd controlled the ball well and fed Barratt whose cross was met by Mark Roberts’ head.
His effort was blocked by a Nantlle head and came out to Jake Walker, who was able to nod in from six yards to make it all-square at the interval.
Denbigh continued the second half where they had finished the first.
Bennett’s low shot was fumbled by the keeper and Mark Roberts pounced on the rebound but hit the side-netting.
Roberts was foiled by a good save before Walker pressurised Parry deep inside the Nantlle half and the defender slipped and allowed the Town striker to race through on goal.
Just as Walker was shooting his heels appeared to be clipped, hampering the front man’s shot which went just wide.
Denbigh’s appeals for a penalty were waved away by referee Tony Moore.
In the 66th minute Walker’s flick from a low Bennett corner made it 2-1.
Denbigh were now dominating and after 73 minutes Barratt superbly brought down a looping ball from Mark Roberts just on the edge of the penalty area with his back to goal.
A swift turn of foot saw Barratt move into a goal facing position and he let fly a low curling shot which found the net.
Four minutes later Barratt had his second when he tapped-in from a Bennett cross.
Nantlle pulled one back with a magnificent Rhys Alun Williams free kick, but that ended the scoring.
Vale finished with 10 men after skipper Parry received a second yellow card for a late challenge on Mark Roberts.
Denbigh manager Dewi Llion said afterwards: “This was a superb second half performance – one of the best we have played this season.
“I felt we were always in control of the game once we had equalised and the lads felt the same way.”
Mawddach Challenge Cup
Glan Conwy progressed to the quarter-finals with a 2-0 home triumph over Bodedern Athletic.
Morgan Owen and Ian Pattinson provided the goals for the Conwy Valley outfit.
Llandudno Junction also moved into the last eight courtesy of a 3-1 success against Barmouth and Dyffryn.
Jack Williams (2) and Adam Montgomery notched the second half goals for the Railwaymen, William Jones with a late reply.
Quarter-final draw: Llandudno Junction v Denbigh Town, Holyhead Hotspur v Aberffraw, Glan Conwy v Kinmel Bay, Greenfield v Gwalchmai. Ties to be played March 21.
Welsh Alliance Division One
Daniel Lewis and Mike Guest struck for Llandyrnog United in a great 2-1 victory at Llanberis, Gareth Edwards with the home response.
Brett Johns and Sam Jones were on target for Greenfield in a 2-0 home win against Llanrug United.
Llanrwst United maintained their push towards a potential late title challenge by seeing off Prestatyn Sports 3-1, Chris Nicolson (2) and Benn Lundstram the home hitmen, Kris Owen having put the visitors ahead.
Penrhyndeudraeth pipped Blaenau Amateurs 3-2, Tom Hughes (2, 1 pen) and Liam Watson securing the points, Meilir Williams and an own goal running the Quarrymen close.
Dylan Roach and Liam Grayson found the target as St Asaph City drew 2-2 with Mynydd Llandegai, Osian Jones with a pair for the visitors.
Welsh Alliance Division Two
Corey Sinnott’s double guided Gwalchmai to a 2-1 success at Aberffraw, Gavin Roberts for the home side.
Joint leaders Penmaenmawr Phoenix were held 1-1 at Mochdre Sports, Kai Davies for the hosts, Ethan Jones netting for Pen.
Gwyndaf Hughes’ penalty and an own goal ensured basement boys Pentraeth defeated Amlwch Town 2-0.
Matty Griffiths pocketed two for Kinmel Bay at Pwllheli, but it ended two-apiece, Meical Williams and Stephen Toplis for the home team.
In a battle of high-flyers, Y Felinheli versus Gaerwen finished 2-2.
Dylan Jones and Iwan Owen put the hosts two-up, but Chris Bennett responded with a double for the islanders.
Llannefydd took the spoils at Llandudno Amateurs 5-0 on Friday night.
Tomos Jones (2), Elgan Roberts, Ed Jones and Elias Owen shared the away goals.
Llanrug Reserves thrashed reigning champions Porthmadog Reserves 4-0, Sheldon Davies, Jonathan Newell (2) and Ben Owen all on target.
Owen Heath and Andrew Thomas hit the net for title hopefuls Denbigh Town in their 2-0 beating of Pwllheli.
Kinmel Bay and St Asaph City drew 2-2 in a game where all the goals arrived late on.
Harry Jones and William Hughes were Bay’s marksmen, Charlie Lyons and Oliver Laurie for Saints.