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RHYL RUFFLE SWANS' FEATHERS
Delight for Rhyl after they score against Swansea [Keith Williams/Sportpixs].
RHYL continued their superb run of form with a convincing FAW Premier Cup semi-final win over Nationwide Leaguers Swansea City.
The Lillies triumphed 2-0 in front of 2,379 fans - the biggest crowd at Belle Vue for 10 years.
After having much the better of the first-half, Rhyl struck twice in a two-minute spell just before the break.
Former Manchester United youngster Alan Tate could only head past his own keeper from Lee Atherton's scuffed shot and Roger Freestone was picking the ball out of his own net again on 40 minutes after Steve Walters had driven a low shot through a crowded goalmouth.
Swansea failed to react in the second-half and their only real threat came five minutes from time when Steve Roberts sent a right-wing cross low across the box, with none of his team mates able to react.
New Swans' boss Kenny Jackett was "desperately disappointed" with his first night in charge.
"Rhyl were stronger than us, particularly in the two penalty boxes.
"They are a strong bunch of men who got to the ball first. This was a big game for myself, but it's turned out so desperately disappointing."
For Rhyl, a final against Wrexham will guarantee at least 50,000 from the BBC-sponsored competition and a possible 100,000 if they can beat the Second Division side.
7 April 2021
 
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