OWEN DISMISSAL CLOUDS THE THREE POINTS!
Holyhead Hotspur Manager Campbell Harrison was happy enough to complete a good three points against basement club Rhydymwyn. Three first half goals via a brace from Jay Gibbs and a 25 yarder from Kenleigh Owen giving Hotspur a comfortable interval lead. However, a straight red card for Owen ten minutes after the restart saw the Manager and the Holyhead camp vent their fury at the referee for what seemed an innocuous ‘ordinary’ everyday challenge and will see the influential flanker miss some important games which will include the Huws Gray Alliance League Cup Semi-Final at Guilsfield. It certainly left a sour taste on the remainder of the game and it has to be said that Hotspur seem to be targeted by officials following a run of reds earlier in the campaign.
After running the show in the first half the sending off changed the course of the game with Rhydymwyn naturally having more of the game with a one man advantage with rolls reversed from the first half when they themselves had to play on the break as Hotspur pilled on the pressure. Despite their extra man Rhydymwyn came up against a Holyhead rear-guard which hardly gave them a sniff, Hotspur close to adding to the three goals late on in the game. The Harbourmen will be looking to continue their good form at the improved Mold Alexandra this coming Saturday 2pm kick off.
Hotspur started at a good tempo and Jay Gibbs headed a Dan McGinness cross straight at keeper Andrew Roscoe, while Rhys Roberts headed a Owen corner over on seven. On 10 Gareth Jones-Evans put Ryan Jones in but the keeper was out quickly. Holyhead’s pressure had to tell ad they went ahead on 12 Kenleigh Owen did well on the left to get ball into the goalmouth finding Gibbs who turned on a sixpence to finish clinically past Roscoe. The visitors had flurry’s at the other end but without any conviction against a solid Hotspur defence and the home team went two up on 22 Kenleigh Owen unleashing a 25 yard pile driver which proved too good for Roscoe. Holyhead Hotspur continued to make chances Kenleigh Owen and Alex Jones twice came close with headers. The third goal came on 39 Mike Kelly on the right did very well to win the ball and get it across to Gibbs whose header was blocked by the keeper, but Gibbs showed quick reactions to bury the rebound home. Gareth Jones-Evans twice denied by Roscoe as half ended, HT 3-0. Second min of second half Jake Reilly turned well and shot against the post while Will Page shot straight at Carl Jones. Rhydymwyn nothing to lose having a good spell then came the red card for Kenleigh Owen challenging for a ‘loose ball’. Rhydymwyn having a lot of the ball without making any real chances. Holyhead Hotspur on the break 74th minute a good break via Ryan Jones on the right into Mike Kelly but ball stuck under his foot. Mel McGinness on as sub two good opportunities but wide while brother Dan McGinness made a good intervention at the back.
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