RHYL director of football Eddie Maurice-Jones hailed the contribution of talented youngster Cai Owen following their 1-0 home win over Holywell Town.

The former Llandudno and Bangor City starlet was at the top of his game throughout the derby clash, and came up with a moment of magic in the second period which proved to be the difference between the two sides.

Maurice-Jones stated he was “pleased” to end a recent winless run despite “not being at their best”, and he will be hoping for the same fortune when the Lilies’ make the long trip to Huws Gray Alliance basement dwellers Holyhead Hotspur on Friday night (7.30pm).

He said: “It was a tough fixture that's very pleasing to take all three points from and get back to winning ways when playing nowhere near our best.

“I felt we started the game poorly allowing Holywell to take control and dictate the pace with their energy.

“We slowly grew into the game after having some rigid moments at the back and towards the last 10/15 minutes of the first half we started causing Holywell some issues and creating some chances especially down the right with Cai's (Owen) pace and Sam's (Molyneux) intelligent runs.

“This average period before the break didn't soften the information or our plans at half time but did give us something to build on. The reaction was instant and we continued to see glimpses of improvement and we were soon rewarded through Cai, who again had a fantastic game.

“I felt as the game opened up we needed that composure, quality in the final third to increase our lead and give us some breathing space as Holywell always posed a threat on the break.

“It was a fair defensive display against a team who never gave up and battled for every ball. In particular praise to Liam (Smith) for stepping in with a brilliant performance to help us earn a clean sheet."