Rhyl FC
Rhyl FC
The Lilywhites
Rhyl FC
Liverpool Under 23's

Home | 12 July 2017 | Attendance: 1458

Match Report

Rhyl’s pre-season campaign continues with a promising performance but a late defeat to Liverpool U23s.

A Cameron Brannagan penalty in the 86th minute was the decisive moment in a positive showing from the new-look Lilywhites.

The Lilywhites made the perfect start as Alex Titchener unleashed a thunderbolt from 25 yards past Shamal George in the Liverpool goal. It came from some great hustle from the new signing who almost lost the ball before hitting the shot into the top corner.

Utilising the counter attack was the game plan for Rhyl as Liverpool looked to dominate possession, and the home side could’ve gone 2-0 up after 12 minutes as a breakaway presented Titchener with another chance as his effort was dragged just wide.

Liverpool’s first chance came five minutes later as young number nine Toni Gomes found himself with a free header in the box which he nodded past Crowther to equalise.

Liverpool looked to take control after the goal with the visitors creating plenty of chances with Matt Virtue forcing a low save from Crowther, the goal scorer Gomes coming close and a long range effort from Nathaniel Phillips firing wide as the first half came to a close.

The second half began just as the first ended, with Liverpool dominating the ball and creating half chances through Herbie Kane and Yan Dhanda, who both had a better time during a period of changes to the Lilywhites defence and midfield which unsettled the game.

Rhyl’s best chance to retake the lead came in the 70th minute through substitute Tom Creamer, who met a corner from the lively Tom Rowlands and found his header well saved by Andy Firth who played the second half in goal for the reds. After the save Rhyl were appealing for a penalty from the scramble in the aftermath as they believed the ball struck the hand of a Liverpool defender.

The game was decided in the final ten minutes with Liverpool pushing for a winner, Cameron Brannagan scoring the decisive goal from what seemed to be a harsh penalty decision as Jamie Brewerton was adjudged to have felled an attacker.

Rhyl looked to equalise with Oli Buckley and Jamie Brewerton coming close from set-pieces in the dying minutes, but it wasn’t to be and Liverpool held on for a 2-1 victory.

Rhyl Line Up

Starting XI

Rory Crowther, Jamie Whitehouse, Tom Hartley, Gerwyn Jones, James Brewerton (C), James Bell, Chris Durkin, Mark Connolly, Tom Rowlands, Shelton Payne, Alex Titchiner

Subs - all used - Tony Davies, Alex Jones, Tom Creamer, Oliver Buckley, Jack Hoult, James Jones

Match Photo's

Match Stats

Starting Line Up