TITLE hopefuls Rhyl banked the three points as expected, courtesy of Lee Hunt’s double and a Chris Roberts goal in between, but new boys Llangefni were not disgraced.
Even though the league’s newcomers remain pointless after three matches, all at their own Talwrn Road ground, they remain upbeat.
Manager Adie Jones said: “We will have Llanelli here on Friday, to complete an awesome first set of four games against top opponents, and then our season proper will start after that.
“Rhyl were worthy winners and nothing can be said to detract from that, because they are big, strong and talented – and were far better than us.
“Even so, we had our moments, playing better than in our previous outing against Carmarthen, and it took a brilliant save by Lee Kendall to turn away a goal-bound shot from Darren Thomas.
“It was a pity about Rhyl’s third goal right at the end, because that took the shine off our performance.”
Rhyl manager John Hulse said: “We dominated for long periods and gave a very professional performance.
“Perhaps we should have scored a few more goals, but to win 3-0 away is satisfying and we were quite content with the outcome.
“Llangefni, having come up from a lower league, were very spirited and had a good go from the first whistle to the last, but we were too strong for them.”
Rhyl’s authority was established on 11 minutes, when Hunt forced the ball over the line from five yards in a scramble, following Jimmy Kelly’s corner from the left.
In counter-attacks, the hosts’ Ywain Gwynedd scuffed a shot when looking likely and steered a header off target, while Adrian Jones put a 25-yarder wide after a long run.
Rhyl’s threats involved Hunt having a fierce volley blocked by a defender, Carl Ruffer’s header being fended away by Farai Jackson and Andy Moran blazing straight at the keeper.
Rhyl doubled their advantage just before the hour when Roberts steered a header from eight yards into the net after Craig Jones had hauled the ball back from the right by-line.
Hunt provided the icing on Rhyl’s cake, with the third goal on 88 minutes, executing another close-range finish, after the lively Moran’s major contribution in the moments leading up to the goal.