BANGOR City reached the Huws Gray Cup semi-finals thanks to a dramatic 4-2 extra time victory at Prestatyn Town.

The Citizens were made to work hard for their triumph after squandering a two-goal advantage, and they have been rewarded with a final four clash with improving Holyhead Hotspur.

City’s immediate attention now turns to improving their promotion chances, and next up is a home encounter with second placed Flint Town United on Saturday (2.30pm).

Defender Dave Hayes had strong claims for a penalty waved off early on, before the visitors grabbed the opener on 16 minutes courtesy of a sensational strike from long range courtesy of talented youngster Jacob Farleigh.

Returning striker Ian Griffiths had a golden chance to put the hosts on level terms after 20 minutes but he lost his balance when through on goal, while at the other end Scott Williams had to be at his best to deny Scott Hewitt’s goalbound free-kick with 25 gone.

After the interval saw Town go close on two occasions during the opening exchanges through skipper Alex Jones and Griffiths, and they were made to pay for their lack of conviction on 52 minutes when a deflected effort fell at the feet of Sam Barnes, who made no mistake to double the Citizens’ advantage.

Credit to the home side, they kept plugging away and got themselves back into the tie on 75 minutes when Hayes’ sweetly struck volley found the corner, and things got even better in the closing stages when Jones turned in a Macauley Taylor shot to equalise.

Teenage prospect Sam Jones proved to be the difference between the two sides in extra time, and the Academy prospect reacted first to a defensive header before calmly slotting past Williams.

Jones had the final say on 104 minutes with a scintillating volley from outside the area to seal the win and a final four berth for Craig Harrison’s men.