Rydal Penrhos’ senior footballers were left counting the cost of missed opportunities in their latest fixture.
The school’s First XI travelled to King’s Chester for their second competitive fixture of the season on Saturday, February 9, with blustery conditions making things difficult for both sides during what was described as “a game of two halves” by coach Mike Farnell.
Despite dominating possession for long periods in the first half, the Rydal Penrhos outfit were unable to take advantage of any of the chances that came their way and they were punished by two quick-fire goals from the home side just before the break.
After the interval saw the visitors come out with a renewed sense of purpose and they went agonisingly close to reducing the deficit when the outstanding Owen Reilly spurned two good chances, the first of which was denied by the crossbar with the keeper beaten.
Andrew Callaghan was denied on several occasions by the home custodian during a dominant spell for the away side, but his persistence finally paid off midway through the half when he finished well to get Rydal Penrhos on the scoresheet.
This spurred them on in search of a leveller in the closing stages, but they were unable to restore parity to the scoreline as Michael Thomas missed the target by inches late on.
The visitors fell to a narrow 2-1 loss but can be proud of their overall performance, and the score would have been far different had they converted more of the 30 clear cut chances that mustered throughout the game.