Home | 20 August 2016
A wet and windy day at the Corbett Sports saw Rhyl slump to a 0-3 defeat at the hands of newly promoted Cefn Druids.
A red card for Aaron Simpson for a crunching challenge proved to be a key moment of the game as Rhyl played 60 minutes with 10 men.
Former Lilywhite, Aaron Bowen had given the visitor’s the lead on 20 minutes before late strikes from Jordan Barrow and Adam Eden condemned Rhyl to a heavy defeat.
A frustrating afternoon for the Lilywhites saw tensions boil in the stands towards the officials as seemingly a number of key decisions went against Rhyl.
The game had been finely poised and even when Owen Evans spilled a volley to allow Aaron Bowen to tap in from close range, Rhyl were still in the game.
However this all changed when Aaron Simpson flew into a heavy challenge and was shown a straight red, leaving Rhyl to play the remaining 60 minutes with 10 men.
Rhyl were unable to break through Druids’ solid backline and didn’t register a shot on target until Levi Mackin’s 20 yard effort in the 74th minute. A lack of cutting edge quality in the final third was an issue for 10 men of Rhyl.
A disappointing game was rounded off when Druids struck with two late strikes, first when Barrow headed home at the near post from a corner, and then when Eden drilled a 20 yard shot into the bottom corner.
A gloomy defeat for Rhyl who travel to TNS next weekend looking to bounce back.