COLWYN Bay keeper Jamie Speare was the hero as his two penalty shoot-out saves ensured his side progressed to the next round of the Unibond Challenge Cup.
Bay squandered a 3-0 lead to be forced into extra-time, then conceded a late equaliser near the end of the added 30 minutes, leading to the spot-kicks.
The Seagulls had edged ahead in the first half when Mark Quayle scored with a neat shot on the turn, then a foul on Quayle resulted in a penalty which John Lawless put away.
Martin Crowder showed a typical poacher's instinct to make it 3-0 past the hour and it looked like the visitors would coast into round two.
But all Clitheroe needed was a single goal to launch a stoic comeback. Helped by bad defending from the Bay, the Lancastrians netted two more to ensure another 30 minutes was required.
Shellshocked Colwyn pulled themselves together and a foul in the area on Neil Black in the first period brought another spot-kick, which Lawless converted.
Still the North Walians had not learned their lesson, and in the 118th minute they conceded yet again, so it was down to penalties. Lawless, Crowder and Anthony Murt scored for Bay, then Kyle Armstrong missed one. Speare's second save of the shoot-out meant Black only needed to find the net to seal the tie and he duly obliged.
"We made very hard work of it," said Bay manager Gary Finley. "We had the tie won, then two 35-yard punts up the field caught us out at the back and the next thing we knew it was extra time.
“We defended badly, but the main thing is we're through and we've got to learn from our mistakes."