Guiseley stormed into the Second Round of The Emirates FA Cup for the second successive season as they romped into a four-nil lead against League Two Cambridge United before the visitors pulled three goals back late on to set up a tense finale.
Louis Walsh tested David Forde early on but the keeper was equal to his effort.
Cambridge’s first chance came for a Guiseley corner and when Jevani Brown robbed Alex Purver upfield and fed Jabo Ibehre it looked as though the opener was a foregone conclusion but obviously nobody had told the big striker as he fired wide.
When a similar opportunity fell to the Lions on 25 minutes after Purver’s free kick was headed clear it fell to Will Hatfield who smashed it into the top corner leaving Forde grasping at fresh air.
Joe Green had to be alert at the other end to save at the feet of Brown before Cliff Moyo’s speculative shot from the right looped over Forde and into the bottom corner to double the home sides advantage five minutes before the break and give the full back his first goal for the club.
Three minutes into the second period the Lions stretched their lead even further as a headed clearance landed at the feet of Kaine Felix who cut inside his marker before finding the bottom corner to put the Lions three up.
Seven minutes later a ball from Felix cut out two defenders for Moyo to cross into the six-yard box where Kingsley James sublime finish seemingly gave the Lions an unassailable lead.
However, United had other ideas as first Green was unable to palm away a low cross leaving Ibehre to slot home.
Then former Guiseley loanee George Maris picked his spot from 12 yards out with one minute plus injury time remaining.
With five minutes added time the visitors reduced the deficit to a single goal when Ibehre grabbed his second he slotted past the onrushing Green and an unlikely comeback seemed on the cards.
Fortunately, the current management have instilled enough discipline in the current squad for them to see the game out which they duly did with only one further scare when O’Neill fired over the bar before the final whistle signalled some frantic celebrations.