A SENSATIONAL effort from Holyhead saw them secure a 23-13 victory at Cardiff Saracens to reach the WRU National Shield semi-final.

The Specsavers National League Division Three North side upset the odds during their long trip to the capital to progress to the penultimate round of the competition, which leaves them just two games from winning the prestigious tournament.

This achievement is made even more significant by the fact that the Saracens have won each of their ten league fixtures so far this term, with the Islanders’ demonstrating their skills and resolute defence in order to emerge victorious.

Head coach and RGC senior squad member Mei Parry played a pivotal role in his side’s success, nothing a crucial try after a period of pressure to reflect his overall influence on proceedings.

Ben Jordan and Arfon Parry were the two other try scorers for the away side, with Rhodri Parry also aiding his side’s cause with five points in the form of a penalty and successful conversion attempt.

The boot of Owain Thomas was also significant with a pivotal penalty that gave the visitors a lead that they managed to hold on to despite facing considerable pressure in the final quarter of the tie.

This is the latest in a series of outstanding display from Parry’s men during the season so far, with the promotion candidates losing just once in nine league games and boasting a 100 per cent record on home soil.

They are currently in second spot and 18 points behind league-leading Ruthin 2nds with three games in hand.