RHYL AND DISTRICT SUNDAY FOOTBALL LEAGUE REPORT – SUNDAY, MARCH 27
Royal Oak 2 (Blench, Rees pen)
FC Mally 2 (Robb, B Lundstram)
Royal Oak regained top spot in the Sunday League on goal difference with a hard-earned point from a dramatic game against the Mally.
Oak should have won it when they were awarded a late penalty, but Matty Rees missed after scoring from the spot earlier in the match.
Both sides finished with 10 men after a fierce battle between two heavyweights firmly in the title race.
After today’s only fixture played in the league, Royal Oak and Conwy Comrades both have 22 points from 12 matches, FC Mally are on 20 from 11, Millbank 13-20 and Y Clwb 10-19 (figures subject to confirmation).
This morning’s clash at The Reso started at a fast and furious pace and it was Mally who made the most of it when Benn Lundstram’s through ball found Kyle Robb to slot home and make it 1-0 inside five minutes.
Royal Oak came back strongly and equalised with a good strike from outside the area by Ellis Blench.
Oak were reduced to 10 men shortly after when Marcus Scott received his marching orders.
Despite this the Rhyl side managed to get ahead when a clumsy challenge from Jamie Moorhouse saw the Oak given a penalty which Rees converted for 2-1.
A feisty game with plenty of challenges coming in but the scoreline remained the same at half time.
Mally came out for the second half with plenty to do in their quest for the league title.
The Junction men were rewarded for their effort when Robb released Ste Hughes down the channel and his excellent ball in found Benn Lundstram at the back post to head home his 21st goal of the campaign for 2-2.
Chances came and went for both sides and with minutes remaining the Oak were denied by a brilliant double save from Mally keeper Nic Bould, only for the third attempt to be tipped over the bar by Shaheen Ahmed.
This resulted in another penalty and a red card for Ahmed for stopping a goal.
However, Rees missed and Mally thought they had nicked it late on when Moorhouse’s header was cleared off the line.
Mally manager Andy Colville said: “I was delighted by my team’s second half display and despite having a depleted squad, a 2-2 draw was a brilliant result, knowing the league is in our hands, with games in hand which if we win could see us go top.
“Captain Twinny (Shaheen) sacrificing a red card for his team which in the end rescued a point for Mally could prove massive come the end of the season.”