Bangor City 3 Connah's Quay Nomads 3
TRAILING 1-0 at half time, Bangor City showed what their manager Steve Bleasdale called "character, application and attitude" to achieve a win against the odds.
High-flying Europe hopefuls Connah’s Quay had arrived as favourites to complete a rare double over City, spurred by a 3-0 home triumph in October.
When star striker Adam Dickinson provided Nev Powell’s team with the lead on 36 minutes, and lots more chances were on offer, the prospect of the away win was clear.
But something inspirational must have been said by Steve Bleasdale at half time, because the hosts were completely transformed.
City’s boss said: "The players showed just what they can do, because we more than matched Connah’s Quay in the second half, and I am very pleased for the club, the players and the fans.
"I made a couple of changes to deal with Nomads tactically and they worked a treat, so that the punters were able to go home happy."
When Nomads ran the show, a crop of goals could well have ensued but for keeper Ian Havard, as he denied Dickinson, Tommy Mutton, Craig Hutchinson and Chris Sergeant.
Quay scored, through Hutchinson, with a five-yard half-volley that had followed a block which had denied Sergeant.
Bangor, who were not at the races in the first period, came alive two minutes after the resumption, when Marc Lloyd Williams converted a penalty, awarded when Ashley Stott was tripped by Gary Pinch.
A glorious solo goal by Mark Smyth followed on the hour, the raider bursting clear from the centre circle, and Stott then hit the clincher on 84.