LLANDUDNO ended Rhyl’s perfect start to the JD Cymru North season with a 2-0 victory at the Giant Hospitality Stadium.

The visitors carved open the first chance of the game when a fine effort from James Murphy went close on nine minutes, with former Lilies’ star Danny Hughes seeing his goal-bound effort blocked by a defender with 16 on the clock.

Lively forward Sam Molyneux forced Tudno stopper Shaun Pearson into a smart save soon after following a quick counter attack, and strike partner Asa Hamilton unleashed a ferocious strike wide of the target following another neat passage of play on 34 minutes.

Matthew Jones’ side came within inches of breaking the deadlock on 38 minutes when a goalmouth scramble fell at the feet of Sam Downey, but the player was unable to make the most of his opportunity and screwed his shot off target.

A deceiving cross from Cai Owen evaded everyone and almost found its way into the net in stoppage time at the end of the first half, leaving both side with all to play for at the interval.

The second half started with Robbie Parry seeing a shot diverted in fine fashion by Keighan Jones during the opening exchanges, but they did managed to break the deadlock on 56 minutes when Dean Seager timed his run to head home at the far post after a fine delivery from Parry.

Eddie Maurice-Jones’ side piled on the pressure as they looked to bounce back from the opening goal, but they were finding it difficult to penetrate the resolute Tudno defence who were working incredibly hard to sustain their slender cushion.

Substitute Raphael Glauser headed an effort just wide on 66 minutes during this prolonged spell of dominance, with replacement Jacob Farleigh almost making an instant impact when his curling effort shaved the upright with 73 gone.

James Murphy was the next Lilywhite to go close on 77 minutes when his thumping strike was expertly saved by Pearson, and this proved to be crucial to the overall outcome as a quick counter saw Scott McHarrie double the hosts advantage after Aaron Pomeyie’s initial effort was saved with 84 on the clock to round off the scoring.