HOLYHEAD Hotspur booked their place in the Huws Gray Cup final with a thrilling 7-5 extra-time victory over Bangor City.

The Holy Islanders put their poor league form to one side to triumph over a youthful Citizens’ in what was a pulsating contest throughout, and Darren Garmey’s side can now look forward to a showdown against either Airbus Broughton or Porthmadog in the final.

They are next in Huws Gray Alliance action at Port next Saturday, with Gary Taylor-Fletcher’s visiting in-form Conwy Borough on Friday night.

The away side broke the deadlock on 22 minutes when Robbie Parry finished well following a pacey counter-attack from Alex Boss, and they doubled their advantage on the half hour mark when Jacob Farleigh slotted home after yet more superb individual skill from Boss.

This was met by a strong response from the hosts, who managed to go into the break a goal to the good after a sensational end to the first period, with a brace from John Littlemore and a Chris Jones own goal putting them ahead.

After the break saw the home side increase their advantage when the outstanding Littlemore despatched another chance for his hat-trick, but a two-goal salvo from player-boss Taylor-Fletcher sent the game into an additional 30 minutes.

Garmey’s men made a blistering start to extra-time and went ahead once again through a sensational long-range effort from Dan McGinness found the top corner, and this was swiftly followed by another well-struck effort from Tomos Clarke which doubled their advantage.

Talisman Mel McGinness all-but sealed their place in the final shortly following the start of the second period after some more exceptional possession in the build-up, and despite youngster Dylan Summers-Jones’ first goal in a City shirt late on it was not enough for them to salvage something from the tie to give Spurs a famous derby success.