KINMEL Bay got their 2022-23 season off to a flyer with an action-packed Welsh Cup 4-2 away win at Rhuddlan Town on Friday (July 29).

The first half saw Rhuddlan take an early lead: with four minutes on the clock, a corner whipped in from the left saw it land at a Rhuddlan player, which then fell for Ben Jacobson to finish.

But Bay’s equaliser came via a penalty: Oliver Gray picked the ball up on the edge of the Town box, lined his shot and fired, but was denied by Jacobson, who had blocked the shot with his hand.

Up stepped Ryan Hulse to slot the resulting penalty into the bottom right corner, sending the Town keeper the wrong way on 19 minutes.

Straight from the kick-off, Bay put Town under pressure, as Ryan Roberts won the ball back in midfield.

He then carried the ball from the halfway line, through five players, to the edge of the box, and struck a perfect shot into the bottom-left corner of the goal, leaving the keeper with no chance to make it 2-1 to Bay.

Town’s number 11, Matty Rees, was then judged to have been fouled in the Bay box, but from the resulting penalty, up stepped Rees to fire it over the bar with 30 minutes played.


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On 64 minutes, Ian Dunn got himself on the scoresheet after a lovely ball in from the left thanks to Connor Morris, making it 3-1 to the Bay.

But soon after, Bay were again judged to have fouled a Town player in the box, and another penalty was awarded.

This time, it was David Sharkey to step up to the spot; he took his shot and Bay’s keeper Elijah saved, but the assistant said he was off his line, which resulted in it being retaken.

Sharkey made no mistake with the second attempt to halve Bay’s lead to 3-2.

But Declan Bellamy soon restored their two-goal advantage, after the ball fell to him from Connor Morris.

He was composed and turned the player and stuck the ball in to the net for a lovely finish in the 82nd minute.