The JD Welsh Cup holds a special place in the history of Prestatyn Town after they upset the odds to defeat Bangor City in the 2013 final.
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Neil Gibson masterminded that famous result, and the manager is now back at the helm with the aim of reversing the failing fortunes of the Seasiders.
Bangor City went into the 2013 Welsh Cup final against Prestatyn Town at the Racecourse as strong favourites, but it was goalkeeper Jonathan Hill-Dunt who made the headlines as he produced a man of the match performance in the 3-1 win to deny Nev Powell's side Welsh Cup glory.
“We were all very confident,” Hill-Dunt explained as he reflected on the build-up to the final. “Although we hadn’t been on the best of runs leading up to it, all of the lads really fancied it, as we’d had some really good games against Bangor that season.”
Jason Price handed Prestatyn Town the perfect start when he put his side ahead after just two minutes, and while the goal offered a timely boost for Gibson's side, Hill-Dunt would enjoy his own moment of glory as he saved a penalty from Bangor City's Dave Morley shortly afterwards. “It was a great start for me personally,” Hill-Dunt added.
“I think it also made the rest of the lads feel that it was going to be our day. For the rest of the game, I felt unbeatable.”
Hill-Dunt then became the hero with a string of incredible saves to deny Bangor City, until Chris Davies turned the ball into his own net on the hour mark. However, Prestatyn responded in the best possible way in extra-time, and further goals from Andy Parkinson and a second from Price sealed the victory.
“Sometimes you just have those days where everything goes your way,” reflected Hill-Dunt. “Luckily for me, I had one of those days, and I doubt very much I’ll top that in my playing career.”
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The victory was significant for Prestatyn as it marked the culmination of a journey that had seen the club progress from local league over the course of the previous decade, and ensured the club would compete in the UEFA Europa League the following season.
It was a journey that Hill-Dunt had been a key part of. “The team spirit we had was unbelievable,” he added. “We all had the attitude of not wanting to let your mates down, because we were just a group of good mates, and most of us had come through the leagues together. Celebrating with that group was the most memorable part of the day.”
Gibson departed to take up a coaching role at Connah’s Quay Nomads last January, and Prestatyn Town’s relegation from the JD Welsh Premier League was confirmed a couple of months later.
Ironically, Gibson would enjoy further Welsh Cup success with the Nomads in the 2018 final, but returned to the Seasiders last month and made an immediate impression.
A convincing 5-1 victory over New Brighton Villa on the back of his appointment has set up Saturday’s 2nd round match against Mid Wales Division 1 side Berriew (2.30pm), but as Prestatyn Town struggle having won just two of their 12 games in the Huws Gray Cymru Alliance this season, they cannot take their opponents for granted. Especially as Berriew have scored 40 league goals already in the current campaign.
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