Date: Thu 18 Jul 2013

Prestatyn Taught Croatian Lesson - Rijeka 5 Prestatyn 0

Rijeka 5 Prestatyn 0

Prestatyn’s European dreams were dealt a dose of reality following their 5-0 defeat in Croatia on Thursday night. A hat-trick of headers by Croatian international Leon Benko put the Seasiders to the sword.
Prestatyn began confidently but were beaten twice in the space of 4 minutes by accurate Benko headers (19 &23 minutes). The twice capped striker and Croatian League top scorer last season gave Dave Roberts little hope with his well placed touches.
While the home side, who finished in 3rd position in the Croatian league last season, controlled the vast majority of possession, Prestatyn did come close to netting in the opening period. Their best chance fell to Mike Parker just before the half hour mark – but he failed to secure the decisive touch which would have beaten Vargi?.
Rijeka continued to boss the game after the break and on the hour mark the unmarked Benko put the tie beyond Lee Jones’ boys with his third headed goal of the evening.
7 minutes later, following a classy build up, Jugovi?’s effort was deflected past Roberts by Dave Hayes - another cruel blow for the Seasiders.
The 5th and final goal was probably the best of the game as Zlomisli?’s rocket found the corner of the Prestatyn net with 5 minutes remaining.
Rijeka were undoubtedly the superior outfit on the evening and while Prestatyn played their hearts out they will be disappointed that their first ever European adventure will almost certainly come to an end at the Belle Vue in Rhyl on Thursday the 25th.

Rijeka 5 Prestatyn 0
Wedi gorfoledd eu buddugoliaeth yn erbyn Metalurgs wythnos ynghynt – dysgwyd gwers galed gan Brestatyn yng Nghroatia nos Iau.Sgoriodd Leon Benko dri pheniad i roi Rijeka ar ben ffordd a sicrhawyd buddugoliaeth o 5-0 yn y pendraw.
Dechreuodd y Cymry’n hyderus ond fe ildion nhw’r ddau beniad cyntaf o fewn 4 munud o dalcen medrus Leon Benko wedi 19 a 23 munud.Sgoriodd Benko 18 gôl gynghrair y tymor diwethaf a fo oedd y prif sgoriwr hefyd.
Llwyddodd Rijeka i orffen yn 3ydd yng Nghynghrair Croatia’r tymor diwethaf ac fe reolon nhw’r meddiant am gyfnodau helaeth o’r noson. Serch hynny fe greodd yr ymwelwyr ambell gyfle da ac wedi bron i hanner awr o chwarae daeth Mike Parker o fewn trwch blewyn i gyffwrdd y bêl heibio Vargi?.
Parhaodd Rijeka i reoli pethau wedi’r egwyl ac wedi awr o chwarae hawliodd Benko ei drydedd gyda’i ben - gan daro hoelen greulon yng ngobeithion Lee Jones a’i fechgyn.
Gwaethygodd pethau ymhellach 7 munud wedi hynny pan wyrodd ergyd Jugovi? oddi ar Dave Hayes heibio Dave Roberts i’w gwneud hi’n bedair.
Y bumed gôl o’r gêm oedd yr orau wrth i ergyd Zlomisli? hedfan i mewn i rwyd Prestatyn gyda 5 munud ar ôl.
Heb amheuaeth y clwb cartref oedd y meistri yn yr ornest hon ac er i Brestatyn roi o’u gorau – fe fyddan nhw’n siomedig y bydd eu hantur Ewropeaidd gyntaf yn debygol iawn o ddod i ben ar y Belle Vue yn Y Rhyl ar y 25ain o’r mis.

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