RHYL progressed to the JD Welsh Cup third round thanks to a 3-0 home success over FC Queens Park.

The Lilywhites managed to avoid a potential banana skin and book their place in the hat with a professional display against lower league opposition, which will stand Eddie Maurice-Jones’ side in good stead ahead of a busy week of action in JD Cymru North.

They entertain Buckley Town on Tuesday night at the Educate Group stadium, before making the long trip to a resurgent Porthmadog on Saturday as the Lilies’ look to revive their second-tier fortunes.

The visitors had strong appeals for a penalty waved away during the opening exchanges, with Arek Piskorski and James Murphy hitting the woodwork twice in quick succession at the other end.

Early jitters were quashed for the home side on 17 minutes when Sam Molyneux extended his exceptional recent run of form with a well-taken finish to break the deadlock after a sensational individual run from Cai Owen.

Lilies’ stopper Rory Crowther had to be at his best to deny Park a leveller as they reacted well to the setback, but their task was made more difficult on 25 minutes when Sean Dodd was shown a red card for a robust challenge on Ross Stephens.

This resulted in a period of significant pressure from the hosts just before the break, but they were unable to add to their tally as Molyneux, Piskorski, Murphy and Owen all spurned good opportunities during the dominant spell.

After the interval saw the home side finally double their cushion on 55 minutes when Ben Nash rose highest to head in a Stephens corner, and former Rhyl striker Barry Torrence missed a golden chance to get his side back into the game when his powerful effort sailed over with 58 on the clock.

The hosts continued to rack up the chances with Murphy and Aaron Hassall coming within inches of another midway through the half, but the elusive third did eventually arrive thanks to a superb run and finish from Creamer on 79 minutes to round off the scoring.