Kick off:19:30 Friday, 11 Sept 2009
at Belle Vue
Fixture Type: Welsh Premier League
Referee: Darren Adie
FOUR goals in a stunning first-half display from Rhyl FC ended tonight's Belle Vue clash against Bangor City as a contest. City made a flying start, a speculative volley from 35 yards on six minutes by Mark Smyth having Rhyl keeper James Coates backpedalling to make the save.
Soon after Smyth's 20-yard stinger was beaten out by Coates, then ex-Lilywhite front man Jamie Reed headed over from a free-kick. But Rhyl went close when Matty Williams' volley at full stretch hit the top of the crossbar, before on 12 minutes Chris Williams broke at pace down the left and fed a lovely pass into the path of Lee Hunt who stabbed beyond advancing keeper Paul Smith and scrambling defender Dave Morley was unable to clear off the line.
<1r>In the 23rd minute Lilies wide man Tyrone Kirk skilfully brought down a high ball and was clipped in the area by Morley leading to a penalty which Matty Williams drove home to make it 2-0.
Matty Williams blasted over from six yards, but in the 32nd minute Hunt robbed Morley down the right, fed a low ball into the area, Matty Williams dummied and although Chris Williams' first shot was brilliantly kept out by Smith, the ex-Stockport County's winger's second mis-hit effort found the net.
In the 36th minute Belle Vue was in raptures when Hunt's 35-yard stunner flew in over the stricken Smith to make it four. Bangor kept battling and the ball somehow stayed out from Smyth's free kick just before the interval. The visitors had a golden chance to pull one back nine minutes into the second period when Smyth's corner was met by James Brewerton's header at the back post but Reed nodded over from point blank range.
On the hour the Welsh Cup holders won a free-kick for a foul on substitute Clive Williams, but Coates got down well to push away Smyth's left-footer. Rhyl were still looking the likelier to score again, though, Chris Williams forcing a good low stop from Smith before making life easier for the City custodian with a weak effort from a better position.
It was out of the blue when Neville Powell's men opened their account in the 78th minute, Coates inexplicably spilling a high ball allowing Chris Sharp to net a consolation against his former club. Hunt almost completed his hat-trick with a fierce drive which saw Smith again in good shot-stopping form, but in the 90th minute a brilliant pass down the right by Martyn Naylor released Kirk whose first time ball found Connolly who drilled in number five.