Seven up Rangers
Wednesday, 12 April 2017
RATHFRILAND Rangers hosted Shankhill Utd in a league encounter at Iveagh Park and after a professional performance, ran out 7-2 winners despite both teams being level after half an hour of play.
Shankill Utd ...2
Rangers took the lead on the 10 minute mark after a break down the right, with Stevie Coulter crossing high for James Costello to volley sweetly with power and accuracy in to the bottom corner.
A second came within five minutes when John Scannell reacted quickest inside the six-yard box to stab home and put the home side into a comprehensive lead.
The Belfast outfit never gave up and were soon back in the game at 2-1, with the No 8 scoring direct from a corner kick, the ball looping in at the back post.
Costello fired directly at the 'keeper after a great chance to put his team 3-1 up, but amazingly from another dead ball situation.
This time a direct 25-yard free kick, was curled high into the corner to make it 2-2 and leave Rathfriland with work to do to get back in the game.
Probably the turning point in the game came when the home side was awarded a penalty in the 44th minute just before the break, with Ally Wilson dispatching with force past the Shankill goalkeeper.
Both teams had chances early in the second period, but it was Rathfriland who regained their earlier two-goal advantage.
A Ross Black pinpoint free kick was curled sublimely on to the head of Connor Larkin, who powerfully headed home with his first touch of the game after coming on for Aaron Black in the centre of the Rathfriland rearguard.
Stevie Coulter then volleyed home the fifth goal for Rathfriland after a brilliant set up by Jack Graham, to make the game completely safe.
The industrious John Scanell then burst through and turned to neatly place the ball between goalkeeper and defender to make it 6-2.
The final goal of the game was rounded off when Mark Edgar was in the right place at the right time to slot home from eight yards to finalise the score at 7-2.
Overall a decent performance from 'The Whites', especially after the visitors equalised in the first half.
However, they regrouped and were professional in the remainder of the game to collect the three points and keep their title push alive.
Team: Mark Gracey, Johnny Roy, Jack Graham, Aaron Black, Darryl Evans, Ross Black, John Scannell, Stevie Coulter, James Costello, Ally Wilson, Darren McGrath.
Subs: Johnny Black, Connor Larkin, Mark Edg ar.
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