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Llandudno beat Rhyl in eight goal thriller

By Geraint Roberts

Llandudno are through to the next round of the Nathaniel MG Cup after a thriller against Rhyl at the Belle Vue ground.

A brace from John Owen, along with goals from Toby Jones, George Harry and Alun Webb gave Llandudno the victory in the end, despite a very competitive display from the Lilywhites.

The first half started evenly with both teams having some possession, Rhyl in particular had some chances from range with Mike Pritchard and Danny Sullivan forcing saves from Ryan Roberts in Llandudno’s goal.

Llandudno started to create chances of their own though, George Harry volleyed the ball into Hill-Dunt’s arms.

Defender and captaining Llandudno Mike Pearson managed to loop his magnificent header, only for the crossbar to deny him from giving the Seasiders the lead.

The goal came for the visitors not long after though when a mistake in the Rhyl midfield allowed George Harry to move forward with the ball, his shot from the edge of the area went past Hill-Dunt to give them the lead.

Llandudno had the ascendancy after the first goal, Toby Jones managed to squeeze through the defence but his strike was well saved.

Toby Jones was looking the most likely to get Llandudno’s second and he came close again just two minutes later, but this time his shot went wide of the mark.

On the 39th minute, goal scorer George Harry whipped in a corner that Kai Edwards met but his header went just over the bar.

The half-time whistle went with Llandudno taking a deserved lead after controlling most of possession in the first half.

A manic start to the second half started when Pritchard scored two goals in three minutes, completely overturning the score-line to give the Lilywhites the lead.

Just two minutes later, Toby Jones managed to create space for himself in the box and finished well to equalise for the Welsh Premier League side.

The madness didn’t stop there, and just two more minutes later, Alun Webb rifled his shot home from 10 yards to give Llandudno the lead again.

After a crazy 10 minutes of cup football, Llandudno started to control the game once again, and it looked all over when John Owen kept his cool to give the Seasiders’ the breathing space they desperately craved.

Llandudno should have been three clear when they were awarded a penalty, Mike Pearson stepped up but unfortunately skied it.

Rhyl came back fighting after that and James Murphy scored the best goal of the night from 25 yards out, his volley lobbed Roberts in the goal and made Llandudno’s lead cut to just one.

The Lilywhites pushed for an equaliser but it wasn’t to be and Llandudno went up the other end and finally killed the game, John Owen once again kept his cool to beat the keeper and made it Llandudno 5-3 Rhyl.

Llandudno manager Iwan Williams praised his young players after the game saying they didn't put a foot wrong, along with giving his respect to the supporters that made the journey.

The draw for the next round will be made tomorrow.

Llandudno Eleven:
Roberts; Hewitt, Edwards, Pearson; Connolly, Harry, Jones, Williams, Webb; Owen, Jones
Llandudno Bench:
Pearson, Hughes, Williams, Hughes.
Rhyl Eleven
Hill Dunt, Peate, Sullivan, Chambers, Pritchard, Murphy, Nash, Hassell, Cook, Partridge
Rhyl Bench
Crowther, Roberts, Joyce, Gilbert Jones

Other Nathaniel MG Cup results
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Connah's Quay 5-1 Airbus

Updated 12:02 - 3 Oct 2018 by Geraint Roberts

Where next?

Leo Smith Wins Player of the Month award for September The on-loan Wrexham man has won the supporters vote for Player of the Month for September.
NATHANIEL MG CUP RESUMES AGAINST RHYL Llandudno travel to Belle Vue to face Rhyl in Round Two of the Nathaniel MG Cup, after beating Bangor City 1-0 in the last round.


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