HOLYHEAD have never had it so good in the cup, with a glittering home tie against Welshpool in the quarter-finals to come after their incident-packed win over Bridgend.
While the South Wales visitors were burdened by problems, Spurs stuck to their task, even into extra time, and it was a link-up between two of their Williams boys that finally did the trick.
Ian Williams fired into Bridgend’s net from 15 yards on 96 minutes, after taking a defence-splitting pass from sub David Williams.
Holyhead must have had that feeling it was going to be their day when the opposition hit trouble on the quarter-hour, with keeper Lef Idzi forced off because of a groin injury.
Sub Chris Brett, an outfield player, was stuck between the posts and one early contribution was a blunder.
The stand-in allowed Simon Davies’ speculative 20-yarder to slip through his hands for Holyhead’s opener on 27.
Spurs were inspired by that advantage and, in follow-up raids, Mike Edwards, Ian Williams and captain Jonathan Parry put in good-looking efforts, the latter from his own half.
Meanwhile, Andy Mainwaring and Lee Pratt were constant threats for Bridgend but the visitors were dealt another blow on 57 when Steve Healy was shown red for a last-man foul.
In a spirited reaction, Bridgend’s Mainwaring was only inches off target and Anthony Waters saw a header grabbed on the line by Mike Doutch.
The away team regained parity through Mainwaring on 67 minutes, when he pounced from 10 yards after his initial header from a corner had been parried by the keeper.
But Williams was the extra time hero.