INTERIM manager Mark Connolly picked up his first win as Rhyl boss as his side secured a 2-0 Huws Gray Cup win at FC Queens Park.
The Lilywhites turned in a professional display in difficult conditions to advance to the next stage of the competition, and they will look to continue this positive momentum going when they return to league action this Saturday in their home clash with current leaders Airbus UK Broughton (2.30pm).
The away side got off to a good start and they opened the scoring in the first period when Jordan Barrow’s header found its way into the net following a prolonged period of pressure.
After the interval, the Lilies impose themselves further on proceedings and Barrow was on hand to double their advantage with another well-taken effort.
Credit must go to the hosts, who continued to probe, but they found the visiting defence in superb form, which enable Rhyl to see out the remainder of the contest in comfortable fashion to ensure they left with what could be a morale-boosting victory.
Rhyl have been rewarded with a trip to basement dwellers Llandudno Junction in the quarter-finals following their eye-catching 4-0 triumph over in-form Denbigh Town.
In addition to Saturday’s second-tier clash, Connolly’s side welcome Morecambe to the Corbett Sports Stadium for a friendly fixture on Tuesday night, and club officials have also confirmed that SkyBet Championship side Leeds United will also pay a visit on Tuesday, November 21 in a contest that is expected to draw a huge crowd.
A select XI from United are sure to give the Lilies a huge test, with Thomas Christiansen’s side currently lying in fourth spot as they look to make a long-awaited return to the Barclays Premier League.