Bangor fell to defeat in Extra Time in the Cymru Alliance Cup Semi-Final, after the two sides had fought out a four all draw in the normal ninety minutes.
Fishermen and some amateur weathermen reckon Holyhead and Rhosneigr amongst the windiest places in Wales. With storm Erik sweeping in across the Irish sea the 300 or so souls inside the New Oval might be inclined to agree.
However before kick off a moment of silence and contemplation in memory of Cardiff footballer Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson who died in a plane crash a week earlier. Also for local footballer Gareth Hughes.
But with eight goals in normal time and four more later on those who braved were soon richly entertained as Holyhead kicked off with the wind at their backs. In the opening quarter of an hour the home side took advantage of the elements to push City back and force four corners which Nathan Wolland and his defence did their best to repel.
After a fifth Holyhead corner it was City who took the lead on 22 minutes as Sam Jones and Alex Boss combined to set up Robbie Parry who took his time before finding the bottom corner. A sixth Holyhead corner followed but on the half hour mark Bangor doubled their lead as Alex Boss this time set up Jacob Farleigh to beat goalkeeper Carl Jones.
With City hoping to take the two goal advantage in at the interval Holyhead finally capitalised on the wind and scored twice in quick succession.
On 37 minutes a seventh corner was prodded home by Jon Littlemore and within a minute the scores were level via former blue Chris Jones.
With the elements dictating play Holyhead won a ninth corner which Bangor cleared but on the stroke of half time Jon Littlemore struck again, this time from the edge of the box, to put the Hotspurs ahead for the first time.
City then trailing by a single goal but with the wind at their backs in the second period.
HALF TIME 3-2
No changes at the interval for either side.
Playing now with what one correspondent described as a gale at their backs City set about restoring their lead.
Five minutes after the restart Alex Boss went close but on 52 minutes it was Holyhead who struck as former blue Jon Littlemore grabbed his hatrick goal despite the best efforts of leftback Kian Owen.
With a two goal deficit Bangor pushed forward and on 56 minutes Kian Owen crossed for player manager Gary Taylor Fletcher to make the score 4-3.
Robbie Parry fired over from distance from a Bangor freekick before centreback Mike Williams shot over the crossbar.
On 75 minutes City drew level as Gary Taylor Fletcher scored from another Kian Owen cross. Young leftback Owen has seized his opportunity in recent weeks and seems set for a run in the side and the chance to establish himself at Nantporth.
It was Bangor’s turn to force some corners with the wind but nothing that Carl Jones and the Holyhead defence could not clear. With around ten minutes to go City were awarded a freekick which Gary Taylor Fletcher fired on target but Jones was in the right place to pull off a decent save.
Minutes later City went close Jacob Farleigh crossed but Alex Boss could not get his head to the ball.
In the final minute substitute Benn Lundstram trotted on to make his first team debut in place of Cian Williams. Benn is the son of Mike Lundstram who was a member of the Bangor squad which travelled to play Dinaburg Dugavils in June 2005.
And that was about it was referee Walker blew for time and both sides had to ready themselves for an extra time allowance of thirty minutes.
EXTRA TIME 4-4
With Holyhead again enjoying the advantage of the wind it was went close after four minutes as Alex Boss picked out Jacob Farleigh who crossed but Benn Lundstram could not quite turn his effort on goal.
The home side capitalised in style on this let off with two goal in two minutes.
The first came on twelve minutes of the fifteen from defender Dan McGinness to make it 5-4 and the next from a long goalkick converted by Tomos Clarke.
The second period of extra time started with Bangor trailing 6-4 and once young again Benn Lundstram went close before with twenty minutes gone Mel McGinness made it 7-4 and seemingly all over.
But there was still hope for City as young substitute Dylan Summers Jones scored arguably the goal of the game with a long range shot into the top corner to reduce the defict.
It was not to be for Bangor but credit to all those involved in an end to end cup tie which certainly left no one short changed in terms of efforts on goal or goals.
Good luck to Holyhead in the final where they will play either Porthmadog or Airbus.
Conwy away next Friday evening.
FINAL SCORE 7-5 aet
Match Report: Mike Smith http://www.the-citizens-choice.co.uk