Alhagi Touray Sisay was the hero as Haverfordwest County left it late to see off a spirited Airbus UK Broughton and book their place in the last 16 of the JD Welsh Cup.
The Bluebirds went behind after five minutes when striker Adam Davies – who has been in fine form in the Cymru North – bundled the ball home from close range, but they battled back well against a spirited Wingmakers side.
Wojciech Gajda had to be alert to make a sharp save at the back post to deny the Steve O’Shaughnessy’s side a second goal.
Alaric Jones was forced off after being unable to run off an injury to his ankle. The defender was replaced by academy product Iori Humphreys, who made his second first team appearance in five days after featuring against Undy Athletic in the Nathaniel MG Cup on Tuesday.
The 18-year-old was up to the physical challenge posed by the Flintshire side, and more than held his own in a hugely encouraging display.
It looked as if County would be heading into half-time trailing, but a potential goal of the season contender from Kieran Lewis drew them level in first-half added time. The midfielder shot first time after the ball found its way to his feet from a corner, and the powerful effort gave goalkeeper Lewis Dutton no chance.
This gave Wayne Jones’ side momentum and belief heading into the second period, and, in a physical contest, they took control after the break, with Lewis in particular turning in an outstanding display.
Despite their superiority, the game appeared to be heading to penalties with the score locked at 1-1, but, with just two minutes remaining, Touray Sisay took advantage of a mistake from Dutton to roll the ball into an empty net and spark jubilant scenes.
You can watch the draw for the last 16 of the JD Welsh Cup tomorrow (Monday) evening at 8pm on the Football Association of Wales’ Facebook page.