FOOTBALL: Rhyl boss McGuinness bemoans luck after Gap Connah's Quay defeat


Dean Jones

RHYL manager Niall McGuinness bemoaned his side’s luck as they suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Gap Connah’s Quay.
The Lilywhites gave the European qualifiers a significant test before falling to a narrow loss, and they will look to get back to winning ways this Saturday when they host Huws Gray Alliance outfit Penrhyncoch in the JD Welsh Cup third round (3pm).
McGuinness said: “A result like this is hard to take when you put a performance on like that, and the slight margins have cost us when we switched off but I take pride in their performance as they were excellent throughout.
“On a different day our chances go and for us to be competing with what is a very good team who are ambitious, but I am not here for a sob story but I couldn’t ask any more from the lads.
“You need little things like the penalty decision to go for you but we haven’t had any luck all season but as long as we have a go then there is no reason why we can’t move up the table.”
The home side began Friday night’s clash on the front foot and got their reward on 15 minutes when Zyacc Edwards’ fine strike put them ahead.
Rio Ahmadi should have made it 2-0 after half an hour as he was clean through on goal, but opted to pass rather than shoot and the chance went begging.
They were made to pay for this miss immediately when Nomads broke and Les Davies converted to level proceedings heading into the break.
After the interval saw Toby Jones miss a good chance for the home side to regain their advantage, and McGuinness’ men also had a plausible shout for a penalty turned down in a dominant spell.
The visitors took the lead on 64 minutes when the Lilies defence failed to deal with a long throw, and Tom Field was able to superbly turn in from close range.
Despite their best efforts, the hosts were unable to find a way back into the game and suffered their sixth defeat in seven contests.
In addition to Saturday’s clash, the Lilywhites host all-conquering champions The New Saints on Tuesday night.

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