Next season the North Wales Coast FA Challenge Cup competition is due to return after a six-year absence.
Grassroots North Wales is running a mini-series recollecting past finals.
In our ninth instalment, we remember the epic encounter of 2012-13, where Prestatyn Town won the trophy for the first occasion in their history after pipping neighbours Rhyl on penalties following a 5-5 scoreline at the end of extra time.
Rhyl 5 (Lewis 3, 1 pen; J Williams, Forbes)
Prestatyn Town 5 (C Davies 2, Murray, Hayes, Parkinson)
(aet – Prestatyn won 4-3 on penalties)
NWCFA Challenge Cup Final – August 2013
Surely one of – if not THE – greatest NWFCA Challenge Cup finals ever played.
A stunning local derby at Belle Vue ended 5-5 after 120 minutes before a penalty shoot-out success secured Prestatyn the cup for the first time in their history.
The match was actually played on the eve of the 2013/14 season as the NWCFA had run out of time to stage it the previous term.
Both teams were on the crest of a wave.
Three months earlier, Prestatyn had won the Welsh Cup for the first time in their history, then triumphed in their first tie in Europe and earlier finished in the Welsh Premier top six.
Rhyl had broken new ground in the Huws Gray Alliance, becoming the first-ever champions of that league to emerge through an entire season unbeaten.
Record 16-time cup winners the Lilywhites so nearly took a 15th minute lead when keeper Jon Hill-Dunt beat out a Steve Lewis piledriver and Josh Williams’ effort from the rebound was almost forced over the line by the stretching Dave Forbes.
The deadlock was broken on 17 minutes when Seasiders player-boss Neil Gibson was robbed by Mike Walsh, who found Lewis and the big striker skilfully created space before drilling home the opener.
Three minutes later the visitors were level when Andy Parkinson played the ball out wide to Chris Davies, who cut in from the right and scored with a left foot scorcher.
Davies’ fierce strike was held at the second attempt by home keeper Louis Gray before the Lilywhites regained the lead on 23 minutes, Lewis doing well to win the ball on the left and square to Williams to make it 2-1.
David Hayes cleared desperately off the line as Lewis almost struck again, but on 32 minutes Davies brilliantly flicked on a Hill-Dunt clearance and the pacy Carl Murray fired in the equaliser.
Two minutes later Hayes fed the ball down the right for Davies, who again worked himself a shooting position and lashed past Gray.
Rhyl levelled it in the 37th minute when Lewis converted a penalty after he was clipped by Hayes in the box.
Seconds later a stunning 30-yarder by Hayes proved too powerful for Gray and it was 4-3 to Prestatyn.
However, the scoring was not over and an amazing first half concluded with Lewis completing his hat-trick via a fantastic deft angled chip after a swift one-two with Williams down the right.
The second half was a tamer, tighter affair by comparison and it was not until the 73rd minute that another goal was scored, Michael Parker’s neat pass putting in Parkinson to slot home.
Rhyl rallied and after a Ryan Astles header hit the angle, the resulting corner led to Forbes netting with a stupendous volley.
Lilywhites hat-trick hero Lewis was red carded in injury time for a late lunge on Rhys Owen.
Extra time brought few clear chances, Forbes going closest for the Lilywhites and Davies hitting another rasper just wide for the Seasiders.
So it went to penalties and it was 2-1 to Rhyl when Ross Stephens’ kick was saved by Gray.
Chris Rimmer missed a chance to make it 3-1 to the Lilies when 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.
So 5-5 in the match and Town won 4-3 on spot-kicks.
Rhyl have still won more Challenge Cups than anyone else – 16 – but the saddest thing about writing this report is the fact the club is now disbanded after 142 years of football in the town.
A phoenix club, CPD Y Rhyl 1879, was formed in May 2020.
NORTH WALES COAST FA CHALLENGE CUP LIST OF WINNERS
2014 – Competition suspended
2013-14 Caernarfon Town
2012-13 Prestatyn Town
2011-12 Bangor City
2010-11 Colwyn Bay
2006-07 Flint Town United
2004-05 Bangor City
2001-02 Caernarfon Town
2000-01 Caernarfon Town
1999-00 Colwyn Bay
1998-99 Bangor City
1997-98 Colwyn Bay
1995-96 Colwyn Bay
1993-94 Connah’s Quay Nomads
1992-93 Bangor City
1991-92 Colwyn Bay
1990-91 Flint Town
1989-90 Mold Alex
1986-87 Holywell Town
1985-86 Mold Alexandra
1983-84 Colwyn Bay
1982-83 Colwyn Bay
1981-82 Colwyn Bay
1980-81 Caernarfon Town
1979-80 Caernarfon Town
1975-76 Bethesda Athletic
1972-73 Denbigh Town
1971-72 Blaenau Ffestiniog
1970-71 Barmouth & Dyffryn
1968-69 Barmouth & Dyffryn
1967-68 Bangor City
1966-67 Holyhead Town
1965-66 Caernarfon Town
1964-65 Bangor City
1963-64 Borough United
1962-63 Borough United
1961-62 Pwllheli & District
1960-61 Colwyn Bay & Bethesda
1959-60 Pwllheli & District
1959-60 Pwllheli & District
1958-59 Blaenau Ffestiniog
1957-58 Bangor City
1956-57 Caernarfon Town
1955-56 Holyhead Town
1946-47 Bangor City
1945-46 Caernarfon Town
1940-45 Competition Suspended
1939-40 Caernarfon Town
1937-38 Bangor City
1936-37 Bangor City
1935-36 Bangor City
1931-32 Bethesda Victoria
1930-31 Colwyn Bay
1928-29 Connah’s Quay
16 – Rhyl
13 – Bangor City
10 – Colwyn Bay
9 – Caernarfon Town
7 – Porthmadog
4 – Llandudno, Mold Alex, Pwllheli
2 – Flint Town United, Connah’s Quay Nomads, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Barmouth and Dyffryn, Holyhead Town, Borough United, Bethesda Athletic, Bethesda
1 – Prestatyn Town, Mostyn, Felinheli, Holywell Town, Ffynnongroew, Denbigh Town, Bethesda Victoria