A DRAMATIC late penalty save from Colwyn Bay goalkeeper Andy Coughlin gave them an impressive 1-0 win at Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant.

The Seagulls’ spurned a host of opportunities to clinch three points before Coughlin came to the rescue at the death, leaving Bay occupying third in JD Cymru North as they gear up for a trip to resurgent Llanfair United on Saturday.

Manager Craig Hogg, said: “It was a really good performance on the road and we are pleased with the win.

“Andy will get the headlines for his penalty save toward the end and it was a good one from the big man, but in truth, I’m disappointed we haven’t won the game by three or four goals.

“We should have been two nil up inside the first 15 minutes and had two more good chances in the second half to make the game more comfortable than it was.

“All managers say it but it’s true, taking chances when they present themselves does make life so much easier and it was always in the back of my mind that something could happen at the other.

“Thankfully when it did Andy made a great save from 12 yards out.

“I’m pleased with how everyone played, every single one of the lads was excellent and had to be.”

Callum Parry, Tom McCready and Kian Owen all missed chance for the visitors before they eventually took the lead on 35 minutes when Alex Downes diverted a corner into the net after good work from Toby Jones.

After the break saw more Bay chances go begging through McCready, Darren Thornton and Alun Roberts, and this put their chances of three points in serious jeopardy in stoppage time when the home side were awarded a penalty.

New signing George Mitten was tasked with levelling matters from the spot, only to see his attempt superbly diverted by Coughlin to decide matters.

“Eighteen year old Beau Cornish made his debut for us and was great, 17 year old Kian Owen was excellent and young Callum Parry was brilliant up top for us too,” added Hogg.

“We’ve got more big games coming up in mid Wales this month and I’m pleased to have a real selection headache looking ahead to our next fixture.”