Rhyl 2 (Murphy 24, Peate 79)
Bangor City 1 (Darlington 75)
Huws Gray Alliance League – November 30, 2018
These long-time rivals met in their first-ever game as Huws Gray Alliance clubs, but served up a derby more than worthy of the Welsh Premier standard both competed at for so long.
While the attendance of 473 at the newly-named Educate Group Stadium was some way below the regular four-figure turnouts which graced these clashes in the past, those inside the ground certainly created an atmosphere befitting a crowd double the recorded size.
Rhyl edged a well-contested affair in which neither side left anything on the pitch.
5 min: Bangor’s Robbie Parry races into the area from the right but blazes high and wide.
8 min: City’s Les Davies yellow-carded for bad challenge on Max Peate.
17 min: Rhyl should have scored. Mike Pritchard heads over from an Aaron Hassall cross.
23 min: Bangor’s Jacob Farleigh hits the outside of the post with a cross-cum-shot.
24 min – GOAL: Pritchard squares to JAMES MURPHY whose first effort is blocked by Jordan Piggott, but Murphy lashes into the net at the second attempt. RHYL 1 BANGOR 0.
25 min: Rhyl’s Reece Fairhurst picks up a caution for a wild tackle.
26 min: Alex Darlington hammers a long-range free kick wide for the visitors.
34 min: Great move from Rhyl sees Gareth Partridge narrowly fail to connect with a perfect Cai Owen cross.
HALF-TIME: Rhyl 1 Bangor 0.
47 min: Darlington has a clear shooting opportunity but fires rather weakly straight at home keeper Jon Hill-Dunt.
54 min: Away glovesman Niki-Lee Bulmer saves well from Matt Cook.
56 min: Close for Bangor. Mike Williams’ header is cleared off the line.
57 min: Bangor’s Parry is lucky to escape with a yellow card after a reckless tackle on Partridge.
58 min: Partridge tries first-time shot which misses target with keeper Bulmer stranded.
59 min: Bangor change – Sam Jones on for Farleigh.
69 min: Rhyl substitution – Hassall off, Joe Culshaw on.
70 min: Parry drills across face of goal for the visitors.
71 min: Murphy is not far away with left-footer for Lilywhites.
73 min: Second Rhyl change – Kristian Pierce replaces Partridge.
75 min – GOAL: Sam Jones takes advantage of a Culshaw slip to race into the box, Hill-Dunt gets a hand to his fierce low shot but ALEX DARLINGTON converts the rebound. RHYL 1 BANGOR 1.
79 min – GOAL: MAX PEATE gets vital touch on Culshaw’s tantalising free kick to put the hosts back in front. Crowd behind the goal go crazy. RHYL 2 BANGOR 1.
80 min: Bangor switch – Davies off, Alex Boss on.
80 min: Liam Chambers replaces Pritchard for Lilies.
85 min: City nearly equalise, Mike Williams cross comes back off the post.
90 min: Both Cai Owen and Chambers have chances on break for Rhyl, but neither elects to shoot. Eventual Murphy shot is saved by Bulmer.
Rhyl see out the game well and take the points to make it seven straight wins.
FULL-TIME: Rhyl 2 Bangor 1.
Player of the Match
James Murphy (Rhyl): Opened the scoring and always a threat up front.
Source : DailyPost