BANGOR City snatched defeat from the jaws of victory as they were downed 3-2 at the death by Colwyn Bay.

The Citizens’ held a slender advantage heading into the dying stages of their rearranged JD Cymru North clash, but they conceded twice in the final minutes to leave them with nothing to show for their efforts.

They will be hoping for better fortune during their next outing at home to Guilsfield on Saturday, with City looking to improve on their ninth-placed standing in the second tier.

Both sides missed chances to break the deadlock during the opening exchanges, but it was the Bay that drew first blood on 22 minutes when a neat passage of play presented a chance to Julian Williams, who made no mistake with the finish.

This was met by a relatively swift response from the home side, who went into the break all square when Yalany Baio reacted first to prod in a rebound from close range after Aldiar Neto’s effort was initially parried by Andy Coughlin.

After the break saw Pedro Pasculli’s side grab the initiative early on and went in front for the first time on 47 minutes when Simone Rea’s towering header left Coughlin with no chance.

The visitors continued to probe but were finding it tough to break down the resolute City rear-guard, with Joe Chaplin coming closest to a leveller on 76 minutes when his attempt rattled the cross bar.

There was still time for further drama that began on 86 minutes when skipper Tom McCready produced another moment of magic with a stunning free-kick that went in off the post, and Craig Hogg’s men snatched all three points at the death when Chaplin reacted first to secure the decisive goal in stoppage time.