Seagulls beaten on penalties

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The Bay went out of the North Wales Coast FA Challenge Cup on penalties after twice coming from behind against Llandudno.
It was a night that did nothing for the Bay with manager Frank Sinclair red carded from the bench for dissent and his players forced to play 30 minutes extra time ahead of Saturday’s massive league game against Hednesford.
Llandudno took an early lead inside four minutes with a great finish by Josh McCauley, but Colwyn Bay equalised on 39 minutes with Hopley’s header from a pin point diagonal cross by Anthony Stephens.
Jamie Tolley also had a great chance from a Gareth Evans run and cross, but Llandudno keeper Connor Waring did well to block a shot with his body.
A stalemate of a second half saw neither side come close to scoring although Marc Williams did have a shot on the turn late on which brought a diving save from the keeper.
The Bay dominated much of extra time with Marc Williams skimming the bar with one shot and the keeper making a great save from a pile-driver by Tom Smyth.
Marc Williams also had the ball in the net, but was flagged offside.
Sean Williams shot narrowly wide and Marc Williams missed a great chance when he volleyed wide from six yards from a Jamie Crowther cross.
Llandudno then took the lead against the run of play with a Lee Thomas penalty after a foul by the Bay defence, but two minutes later Marc Williams volleyed the equaliser with a sweetly-hit strike from the edge of the area.
Bay forced three corners in quick succession late on, with Evans having a shot blocked in the goalmouth, but they couldn’t force a winner and the tie went to a penalty shoot out.
Jonathan Royle had the first spot kick saved by the keeper and that decided the tie.
Tom Smyth, Sean Williams, Anthony Stephens and Marc Williams all scored for Bay, but Llandudno won the shoot-out 5-4 with Josh McCauley, Eddie Jebb, Lee Thomas, Joel Richardson and Tom Dix all successful with their spot kicks.