|HOLYHEAD Hotspur bowed out of the Huws Gray Alliance League Cup on penalties after a superbly contested match at Conwy Borough.
Manager Emlyn Manley-Williams can be satisfied that his side gave everything in a tie which could have gone either way, Hotspur eventually bowing out 4-3 on penalties after a finely poised 120 minutes stalemate.
Both sides fashioned chances, but found Boro keeper Terry McCormick and Hotspur custodian Ben Heald in top form.
Heald was first to impress, reacting excellently to tip a Mike Jukes shot onto the bar.
The Harbourmen’s best chances came in the second period, with Mel McGinness first forcing a save from McCormick, before Jason Owen saw a shot brilliantly saved on 70 minutes.
Hotspur’s best chance came a minute later however, with Mike Edwards creating space for a shot, and he saw his effort come off the post and fall kindly into McCormick’s hands.
Both sides continued to look for the decisive goal in extra time, with Heald again on hand to deny Jukes early in the first period.
Such a finely poised encounter was destined to be decided from the spot, and it was the Tangerines who prevailed, netting through Jukes, Lloyd Ellams, Warren Roberts and Steve Cunningham, while McGinness, Jay Gibbs, and Kenleigh Owen converted for Hotspur.
The Harbourmen play their penultimate home game of the season against Buckley Town on Saturday February 16, kick off 2.30pm.