THE Seagulls are through to the next round of the Emirates FA Cup after a first half Gaz Burnett goal gave them a 1-0 away win at Evostik Division One South club Shaw Lane AFC.
Colwyn Bay will now be away to Morpeth Town of the Northern League on Saturday September 3rd.
In the first half Burnett had a shot turned away for a corner by home keeper Mateusz Zaniewski and hit another shot just wide before scoring the only goal of the game on 39 minutes with a shot from the edge of the area.
Only a fine save by the keeper prevented Burnett adding a second after he had been played in by Chris Gahgan, and Danny Andrews might also have scored, but his first time shot from 40 yards dropped wide of the open goal following a poor clearance from the edge of his own area by the keeper.
At the other end Shaun Pearson made a good diving save from Jono Wafula, but was not overly tested prior to the break.
In the second half Luke Denson had a shot saved by the keeper, Burnett shot over the bar after a good run and Tom Schofield saw a shot come back off a post, while substitute Rhys Bowers also went close.
Shaw Lane threw men forward in the closing stages to try and save the tie, and Shaun Pearson made an outstanding save, leaping to tip a goalbound free kick from Joe Thornton over the bar, to deny the home side a late equaliser and secure his side’s place into the next round.
Colwyn Bay were not perhaps at their fluent best, but manager Paul Moore was delighted to win what was a tough away tie.
“In the FA Cup it doesn’t really matter how you perform, its all about getting into the next round.
“This was always going to be a tough tie. They were runners-up in their league last season and play off finalists but we’ve come away from home and won it and that’s a fantastic effort from the boys.
“We’ve kept a clean sheet and perhaps we could have scored another one or two goals in the second half to kill the game off, but I’m really, really happy with the result.
“You can expect to come under pressure late in the game when the opposition are fighting to save the game, but we stayed firm, Shaun made a great save at the end, but everyone was winning headers, getting in tackles and making the right decisions, and everyone from 1 to 11 put in a really good shift.
“I’m disappointed that more of the lads on the bench couldn’t get on, but the game was so tight and I didn’t want to risk making changes and possibly conceding a goal.
“The one decision I did make was to bring Rhys Bowers on for Gaz Burnett, who had run himself in the ground, and Rhys nearly nicked a goal.
“Now we’ve got a long, long trip to Morpeth (Northumberland) in the next round, but we’re still in the FA Cup and we’ll enjoy it while we are.”
Colwyn Bay: Shaun Pearson, Luke Denson, Louis Corrigan, Gaz Grant, Tom Hardwick (c), Tom Schofield, Chris Gahgan, Kyle Armstrong, Gary Burnett (Rhys Bowers 87mins), Scott Bakkor, Danny Andrews. Subs not used: Simon Williams, Will Jones, Adam Whitlock, Will Booth, George Mannion, Chris Bibby.