Flashback – 5 years ago: Hotspur stun Bangor City in a Welsh Cup midweek classic

Hotspur celebrate a famous win over Bangor. Picture: Richard Birch

Holyhead Hotspur 2 (Rhys Roberts 75, Dean Garmey 90)
Bangor City 1 (Matty Woodward 60)
Welsh Cup third round – December 8, 2015

Five years ago this evening Holyhead Hotspur achieved perhaps the greatest result in their 30-year history as they knocked eight-time Welsh Cup winners Bangor City out of the competition.

With Anthony Miley and Rio Ahmadi ruled out through suspension City suffered another blow when Ryan Edwards was unavailable.

To make things worse congestion along the A55 resulted in the kick off being delayed as players struggled to make their way to the ground.

Bangor drafted in defender Matty Woodward and young striker Mike Elstone.

City nearly had an early boost as former Porthmadog – and very briefly Bangor – defender Rhys Roberts all but turned the ball into his own net from Sion Edwards left wing cross.

On 10 minutes Elstone charged down an attempted clearance by goalkeeper Carl Jones and the ball crashed into the side-netting.

Five minutes later young Hotspur midfielder Jamie Roberts sent a long range free-kick arching towards the top corner but City keeper Connor Roberts dived across to concede a corner.

Former blues midfielder Corey Jones went close on a couple of occasions whilst Adam Cummins headed over from an Edwards free kick but the offside flag was quickly up.

Soon after Chris Jones thought he had given Bangor the lead as Carl Jones fumbled Edwards’ long range strike but again the flag waved and the scoreline remained blank.

There was a minute of added time which passed without incident and Bangor could feel confident of making greater headway in the second period with the wind at their backs.

Half-time: 0-0

Bangor made the first change of the evening after 58 minutes when Shaun Cavanagh came on for Elstone.

Two minutes later City had the lead.

Goalkeeper Jones fumbled a Damien Allen corner and Woodward clipped the ball home from close range.

Then Christian Langos forced a save from Jones as he latched on to a Cummins header.

Bangor might have gone two up soon after as Jones again misjudged a crossfield ball which ran to Cavanagh but he could not net from a tight angle.

With the Cymru Premier favourites seemingly in control the resilience of the Cymru Alliance outfit came to the fore.

A Jamie Roberts free kick from the right was floated into the Bangor box and as City failed to clear their lines centre half Rhys Roberts forced the ball home for a well-received equaliser.

Bangor responded with a second substitution as young Ifan Emlyn Jones came on for a weary Langos.

But it was the home side who showed the killer instinct as Dean Garmey prodded home to the delight of the home crowd and dismay of the sizable Bangor contingent.

Holyhead Hotspur: Carl Jones, Brendun Hogan, Kenleigh Owen, Corey Jones, Alex Jones, Rhys Roberts, Mike Kelly, Dewi Thomas, Damien Ketley, Jamie Roberts, Dean Garmey. Subs: Mike Edwards, Phil Williams, Ryan Jones, Elliott Smith.

Bangor City: Connor Roberts, Matty Woodward, Sam Hart, Adam Cummins, Leon Clowes, Ashley Young, Damien Allen, Sion Edwards, Mike Elstone (Shaun Cavanagh 58), Christian Langos (Ifan Emlyn Jones 88), Chris Jones. Unused subs: Antoni Sarnowski (GK), Iolo Hughes, Phil Warrington.

Match report: Mike Smith, Citizens Choice website

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