Rhyl FC wing-back Cai Owen.

Rhyl Wing-Back Cai’s Moment Of Magic Earns Victory

Wing-back Cai Owen scored Rhyl’s winner in their 1-0 Huws Gray Alliance match against Holywell Town home.

The 20-year-old defender scored the only goal of the match when he produced a touch of class after 50 minutes.

Bangor-born Owen, a former Llandudno player, took possession on the Rhyl right and he set off on a run which took him into the Holywell penalty area after swapping passes with Mike Pritchard.

He was able to guide his shot past goalkeeper Tyler French to put the Lilywhites.

Overall, Rhyl probably shaded the game against opponents battling for survival and in a close-fought clash and it was fitting that a moment of individual skill from Owen settled the game.

The goal gave Rhyl their first win in six weeks to bring an end to a disappointing run of results.

The opening exchanges were cagey, while Rhyl’s first chance came when a corner on the Rhyl left was headed down, but Reece Fairhurst was unable to keep his shot down and it went over the bar. 

Goalkeeper French saved well from Sam Molyneux, while Liam Smith had a shot blocked. Molyneux reacted first when the ball ran loose and French turned the shot away for a corner. 

Holywell’s best chance fell to Sam Jones after 85 minutes and goalkeeper Rory Crowther saved.

Rhyl: Rory Crowther, Reece Fairhurst, Cai Owen, Max Peate, Liam Smith, Matthew Cook, Dave McIntyre, Joe Sullivan (Jack Parry-Jones 83), Sam Molyneux (Kai Wallis 74), Mike Pritchard, James Murphy (Barry Torrence 66). Subs not used: Jonathan Hill-Dunt, Ben Lockley.

Alliance leaders Airbus Broughton led 2-0 at half-time against Penrhyncoch away. Nathan Wolfe and Lewis Buckley were the scorers and the scoreline stayed the same until the final whistle.

Connah’s Quay loanee Woolfe was the hero for Airbus, although he arrived late for the match at Cae Baker.

Huws Gray Alliance action: Penrhyncoch v Airbus UK Broughton.

Man-of-the-match Woolfe, a 30-year-old Manchester-born former Bolton Wanderers and Wrexham striker, fired the Wingmakers ahead on 16 minutes with a clinical finish from inside the box after some neat build-up play.

That advantage was doubled just after the half hour mark when Asa Hamilton’s neat chip into the Penrhyncoch box was headed home Buckley from from six yards.

The weather deteriorated in the second half, and Airbus were happy to sit deep and preserve their two-goal lead with goalkeeper Dave Roberts rarely troubled by the home attack.

Assistant manager Andy Thomas said: “We dominated the first half and could have been three or four up at the break if we’d been more clinical.

“We won our battles all over the pitch and kept another clean sheet. That’s 15 for the season now.

High flying antics during Flint Town United v Bangor City.

“With six games left we’re in a really healthy position and focused on the run-in.”

The three points lifted Airbus nine points clear at the top with six games to play. They are chasing a trophy double after qualifying for the Alliance Cup final against Holywell Town.

Flint Town United and Bangor fought out a goalless draw, while a Iian Ap Gareth goal separated the Porthmadog v Conwy Borough game at half-time.

That was enough to earn Porthmadog the victory.

Gresford Athletic’s Jordon MacCarter missed a first half penalty at Prestatyn Town, who had Ian Griffiths sent off as the players were leaving the pitch at half-time. 

An own goal put Prestatyn ahead 10 minutes into the second half with Jack Chaloner equalising to earn Gresford a point two minutes from time

A goal in each half from Chris Roberts and Keiron Moore gave Buckley Town a 2-0 win at home against bottom team Holyhead Hotspur.

Holyhead Hotspur FC’s stadium.

Llanrhaeadr YM won by 3-2 at home against Ruthin Town.

Tom Evans put Llan ahead with a Llyr Morris penalty making it all square at the break. 

Kyham Wytton’s spot-kick restored Llanrhaeadr’s lead after 52 minutes and player-manager Marc Griffiths added a third goal 14 minutes later.

Will Owen netted Ruthin’s second four minutes from time.

After a delayed kick-off at Guilsfield, Denbigh Town returned home with three points thanks to a 1-0 win earned by a second half goal from Kristian Pierce.

Alliance results: Buckley Town 2, Holyhead Hotspur 0; Flint Town United 0, Bangor City 0; Guilsfield 0, Denbigh Town 1; Llanrhaeadr YM 3, Ruthin Town 2; Penrhyncoch 0, Airbus Broughton 2; Porthmadog 1, Conway Borough 0; Prestatyn Town 1, Gresford Athletic 1; Rhyl 1, Holywell Town 0.

Alliance fixtures: 

Friday, March 8: Conwy Borough v Prestatyn Town (7.30pm), Holyhead Hotspur v Rhyl (7.30pm).

Saturday, March 9: Airbus Broughton v Buckey Town (2.30pm), Bangor City v Penrhyncoch (2.30pm), Denbigh Town v Llanrhaeadr YM (2.30pm), Gresford Athletic v Flint Town United (2.30pm), Guilsfield Town v Holywell Town (2.30pm), Ruthin Town v Porthmadog (2.30pm).

Tuesday, March 12: Bangor City v Airbus Broughton, Denbigh Town v Holywell Town, Guilsfield v Ruthin Town (all 7.45pm). 


Rank Teams Played Won Drawn Lost For Against GD Pts
1 Airbus Broughton 24 18 4 2 52 15 37 58
2 Flint Town United 24 14 7 3 45 23 22 49
3 Porthmadog 25 14 6 5 50 27 23 48
4 Bangor City 23 14 2 7 55 25 30 44
5 Rhyl 24 14 2 8 42 31 11 44
6 Buckley Town 24 10 5 9 43 40 3 35
7 Gresford Athletic 25 9 8 8 37 34 3 35
8 Prestatyn Town 25 9 5 11 40 40 0 32
9 Ruthin Town 23 10 2 11 37 39 -2 32
10 Guilsfield 23 9 4 10 34 40 -6 31
11 Llanrhaeadr YM 25 10 1 14 29 59 -30 31
12 Conwy Borough 24 7 7 10 32 32 0 28
13 Denbigh Town 24 8 2 14 30 50 -20 26
14 Penrhyncoch 24 4 7 13 22 34 -12 19
15 Holywell Town 23 5 4 14 26 47 -21 19
16 Holyhead Hotspur 24 2 4 18 19 57 -38 10

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