Joel Evans scored a 99th minute header to secure a point for Brecon Corries in a thrilling 3-3 draw at Hay St Mary's.

The local rivals had to share the spoils following a pulsating encounter in front of over 350 spectators at Forest Road on Friday night in their Ardal South East clash.

The Rich Field outfit broke the deadlock after 11 minutes when Craig Evans drove into the penalty area before cutting back inside and firing past Alex Horley and squeezing the ball beyond Adam Finn on the goal line.

The visitors doubled their advantage after 34 minutes later when former Hay St Mary's player Jordan Cooper was afforded the time and space to arrow home a shot in the bottom corner of the net from just outside the penalty area.

The Saints were back in the match just three minutes later when the returning Matty Tong was on hand to covert a Curtis Bounds cross following a swift break down the right flank.

That goal appeared to give the hosts a huge lift and they were on level terms four minutes before the break when Jake Cleeves applied the all important touch to a Rob Snedden corner. 

Brecon Corries had an opportunity to regain the lead in stoppage time when Craig Evans was put through on goal but struck his effort narrowly wide of Horsley's goal.

There was all to play for at the half-time break, with Hay St Mary's knowing they were back in this derby following a slow start, whilst Damien Daniels would be hoping for an improvement from his charges in the second-half after seemingly being in control at one stage.

It was Hay St Mary's who turned the match around on the hour mark when substitute Liam Mcanally unleashed a half-volley past Brian Keddle following some good work by Tong to create the opportunity.

The hosts were reduced to ten men in the 88th minute when Jake Cleeves was shown his second yellow card by referee Benjamin Skuse for his part in an altercation involving several players from both teams. 

Player of the match Horsley made another fine save with his feet to deny substitute Nyle Slade in the 91st minute before Paul Keddle saw his far post effort blocked two minutes later from a cross on the right.

Just when it appeared that Hay St Mary's had done enough to secure their opening home league victory, the Corries conjured a dramatic finale, when Joel Evans rose highest to head home a 99th minute equaliser to take home a point for his team.