A STOPPAGE time winner from Sion Edwards handed Bangor City a 2-1 victory over rivals Rhyl and a Welsh Cup fourth round trip to Airbus UK.
After a frantic opening at the Corbett Sports Stadium where both sides posed an attacking threat, the match sprung into action when Rhyl keeper Alex Ramsay pulled off a stunning double save to deny Chris Jones and Sion Edwards in quick succession.
And on 33 minutes, the match took a controversial turn when referee Bryn Markham-Jones pointed to the spot after Damien Allen challenged Dave Forbes, sparking strong protests from the Bangor bench.
Steve Lewis stepped up and coolly sent Lee Idzi the wrong way with the spot kick.
Danny Laverty had a shot saved as Rhyl increased the pressure, but City soon regained their focus and levelled two minutes before the break, when Anthony Miley nodded in a sublime delivery from Sion Edwards.
Rhyl began the first half in the ascendancy, with Steve Lewis going close after he cut inside Michael Johnston in the area, only to find the side-netting with the shot.
Ryan Astles had a header saved by Idzi, while Dave Forbes also went close for the Lilies.
Their best chance for a second came after Steve Lewis hooked a shot from a corner, when a superb goalline block by City’s Joe Culshaw prompted a massive scramble – but no one was able to put it in the net.
With extra time looking likely, it was the visitors who managed to seal it in the 91st minute, when Sion Edwards cut in from the right flank, to finish low past Ramsay and earn the Citizens a fourth round tie at Airbus UK.