Ruthin Town 4 - Rhyl 1
Ruthin complete a league double over the lilywhites
Ruthin dominated the match from start to finish on a heavy pitch which sapped the energy. A good start led to an early goal from Will Owen who finished well from inside the box.
Midfielder Stewart Carroll almost had Rhyl back on level terms soon with two efforts that were blocked by Ryan Goldston with two excellent saves.This may well have been crucial as the home side gained control with Ilan Hughes and Osian Davies dominating midfield. Ruthin doubled their advantage on 24 minutes when Llyr Morris demonstrated what a good finisher he is.
James Murphy had an opportunity to shoot for the away side but a last-ditch block from Will Ashley saw the ball sail over the bar and Ruthin went in at half time deservedly leading 2-0.
The second half was much the same with Ruthin continuing to keep the ball with some excellent passing moves. A wild challenge from Murphy demonstrated Rhyl’s frustration which sparked a frakar which saw the winger and Gwion Owen booked. Ruthin scored from the subsequent free kick with another fine finish from Llyr on 61 minutes.
Ruthin looked comfortable and played some neat and tidy football forcing Rhyl onto the back foot for long spells but Rhyl could still look dangerous at times. A Phil Marsh shot was again well saved by Ryan Goldston in the Ruthin goal before Llyr completed his hat-trick from close range on 83 minutes to score his 24th league goal in 19 games.
Alun Webb did gain a consolation goal for Rhyl on 88 minutes with a good solo effort but it was Ruthin’s day with a fine performance against one of the biggest clubs in the league much to the delight of the majority of another large crowd.