The Corbett Sports Stadium welcomed Everton’s future stars in what proved to be a tight contest between the two. Considering that a single goal in the 25th minute by Kieran Dowell was all they could muster, the youthful Everton team were pushed from the first minute by the plucky Lilywhites.
Rhyl could and perhaps should have had equalised on a few occasions after Dowell’s wonderful opener with chances from Dawson, Forbes and Williams unable to find the back of the net. Rhyl manager Greg Strong wasn’t too downhearted after the result however.
“I think our shape was fantastic; they didn’t break us down a lot and we caught them on the break a few times, but there’s no doubting the quality of Everton, they’ve got some fantastic players, but I think above everything else what a great day it was for the club,” said Strong.
“To showcase us and get people complimenting us from Everton is a great thing.”
Praise didn’t just come from the Rhyl camp however as Everton legend David Unsworth, now manager of the under-21 side, was effusive about the North Wales side’s effort: “I love the way Rhyl played the game – they are a credit to their league.
“Their manager said today was a good learning experience for his side, well it was the same for us. We’re a young team and we’re all still learning.”
Another Everton legend and famous resident of Llandudno, Neville Southall, posted this on his Twitter:
Watched Everton under 21 beat Rhyl this afternoon Great to see David unsworth and jimmy Martin true football gents
— Neville Southall (@NevilleSouthall) July 26, 2014
With reports that this might not be the first time that Everton make their way to the Corbett Sports Stadium, the future looks bright for Rhyl FC. The recent renovations to the stadium being showcased at the game were just the icing on the cake for a great day for everyone involved with the club.
Photo courtesy of Craig Colville