Away | 22 October 2016 | Attendance: 913
The Rhyl v Bangor match lived up to expectations as a passionate, lively affair but for the wrong reasons the Lilywhites left the Bangor University Stadium feeling deflated after a 2 goal lead at half time was lost in the second half.
Bangor had an early chance before the sound of applause filled the air as a tribute was held by a minutes applause for former Rhyl player Selwyn Morris and Bangor supporter Kevin Pritchard who had both recently passed away. In the first 30 minutes Bangor had the better of the chances with Owen Evans forced into action on a number of occasions. Gradually the Lilywhites looked more threatening and the match turned in the 32nd minute. Gary Roberts gave away a free kick on the edge of the area and Kristian Pierce's free kick took a deflection off River Humphreys to leave Connor Roberts wrong footed and Rhyl in the lead.
The lead was doubled two minutes later as good link up play between Toby Jones and Rio Ahmadi saw Jones back heel the ball to Ahmadi who went passed Connor Roberts and calmly slotted the ball home. Passions grew as Rhyl took an unexpected two goal lead and Lee Evans was lenient when a two footed lunge by Gary Roberts went unpunished. In the last few minutes referee Lee Evans brought out the yellow card for time wasting for Aaron Simpson when returning the ball to a Bangor player when a free kick had been awarded.
With the visitors needing to hold out for the final 45 minutes they made a positive start to the second half as they pushed for a third goal with second half sub Carl Lamb unable to connect to a fine Ahmadi cross as Bangor made a slow start to the second half. However on the 51st Minute, Bangor took the lead as a strong run from Brayden Shaw split the Rhyl defence and found Rodrigo Blanco in clear space who then slotted the ball past Owen Evans to bring the citizens back into the match.
Rhyl's afternoon was to get worse 6 minutes later as Simpson tracked a run of substitute Christian Langos and as Langos cut across Simpson the contact was enough in the view of Lee Evans to warrant a second yellow and Rhyl faced the last 33 minutes with 10 men.
With the task of playing against 10 Bangor gained further momentum and they were back level in the 64th minute when a Gary Roberts cross from the Bangor right enabled Dan Nardiello a headed opportunity which he took. The goal also saw some disappointing behavior from Bangor defender River Humpreys who rather than join his team mates in celebrations ran half the length of the pitch to goad the travelling Rhyl fans with gestures and badge kissing and it will be interesting to see if the FA of Wales takes any action over such behavior.
On the 67th minute Bangor took the lead as another quality cross from Gary Roberts saw Henry Jones able to beat Jamie Brewerton to the ball in the air and head past the despairing Owen Evans.
Rhyl manager Niall McGuinness frustration with the inconsistency of the decision making from the officials team grew as the decisions of the assistant referee for throw in's were being overruled and this led to him being sent to the stands. With Edwards and Halewood brought on in the last 15 minutes the Lilywhites pushed for an equaliser but they were unable to get back into the game. A Toby Jones free kick went close and then in injury time Toby Jones was brought down on the touch line following a foul by Brayden Shaw and more clear time wasting followed which went unpunished. The resultant free kick was eventually cleared and the citizens went on to claim all three points to even out the derby honours this season.