JOHN HASELDIN declared himself “proud” as Holywell Town gave Llandudno an almighty scare in a pulsating encounter.

Shaun Tuck cancelled out Rob Parry’s opener for Cymru North outfit Llandudno as the two teams went in level at the break.

Danny Hughes and Bryan Roberts looked to have put the game beyond Holywell’s reach, but Haseldin’s side don’t know when they are beaten.

A foul by Lee Thomas on Dylan Allshorn caused a flashpoint that saw the former and Holywell duo James Graham and Sam Jones sent-off.

Mark Connolly then reduced the deficit, much to the anger of Llandudno stopper Shaun Pearson, who saw red for his protests.

And with both teams down to nine-men, Holywell came agonisingly close to forcing extra-time as Jacob Wise’s header was smartly saved by stand-in goalkeeper Lewis Sirrell.

Holywell boss Haseldin was disappointed to exit the competition, but could not fault his side’s effort and endeavour against higher league opposition.

“I’m very proud of the way my players performed and stuck together,” said Haseldin.

“Everyone gave it their all and we were very unfortunate to be on the losing side.

“We’re disappointed but we will dust ourselves down and will look to bounce back.”

Llandudno boss Matty Jones was pleased with the character of his side as they battled past a determined Wellmen.

“It was a very exciting game with all the hallmarks of a proper cup tie,” Jones told Llandudno’s official website. “After the Llangefni and Prestatyn games, we spoke at length about the need for us to show character, and every one of them has done that, it was a performance we can take a lot of positives from and build from it.”

Dave Evans hailed an “heroic effort” as Queen’s Park defeated hosts Prestatyn Sports 3-2 after extra time.

There was not a lot to choose between the two teams in the opening period of normal time, although the visitors saw Barry Torrence hit the upright.

Things took a turn for the worse for Queen’s Park as Tristan Wagner was forced off injured shortly before goalkeeper Scott Williams fell awkwardly and had to be replaced.

Despite the upheaval, Evans’ men took the lead through an own goal, although Prestatyn Sports forced an additional 30 minutes by scoring deep into stoppage time.

The home side got their noses in-front in extra time, forcing Evans to restore Torrence to the Park attack.

The switch paid off as Torrence, pictured, levelled the tie, before turning provider for Daniel Roberts to dink the ball over the home side’s keeper and win the tie.

Evans said: “It was an heroic effort from all 14 players and into the hat we go for the second round.

“My man of the match goes to James Gregory as he covered every blade of grass but in fairness it could have gone to anyone.”

Penycae will consider themselves unfortunate to have exited the competition on penalties at the hands of Bangor 1876.

The Welsh National League outfit twice took the lead in normal time through Anthony Dunleavy, but Bangor hit back through a Jamie Petrie penalty and Matthew Lock, who scored on the stroke of the final whistle.

Evan Woodall gave Penycae the lead for a third time in the additional 30 minutes, but Bangor forced spot-kicks as Petrie netted another penalty.

Neither side were convincing from the spot, but Bangor won it courtesy of efforts from Les Davies, Dylan Williams and Petrie.

Penycae striker Andrew Swarbrick was frustrated by his side’s dramatic defeat, tweeting: “Honestly....we can’t buy a win.”

Brymbo are also out after a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Cymru North side Guilsfield.

Adam Davies and Callum Bromley gave the hosts a two-goal cushion, which was reduced by Brymbo’s Jamie Cumming.

But Brymbo were unable to find a leveller and two red cards put an end to hopes of forcing extra-time.

There was disappointment for Chirk AAA as they suffered a 3-0 loss to Llannefydd.

A brace of penalties from Elgan Roberts and a Ynyr Clwyd strike secured a place in the next round of the competition for Llannefydd.