Rangers are in the semi final of the Clarence Cup.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

THE Whites were in Clarence Cup action on Saturday and made the trip down to Killyleagh in this quarter final.

Killyleagh F.C. ...0
Rathfriland Rangers...2

They came away from the game in both a buoyant and sombre mood with an important win but also another injury picked up along the way.

Manager Black changed up the starting lineup with Roy unavailable so Black himself came back into the starting 11 for the first time in recent months.

The game started in typical fashion for a cup affair with challenges flying in from both sets of players which kept the referee busy.

James Costello was first to drive into the Killyleagh penalty area and was felled when attempting an effort on goal but the claims for a penalty were waved away.

Killyleagh were struggling to get a foothold in the game and the back four of Evans, A.Black, McAlinden and Graham were comfortable. Indeed Jack Graham seemed to be the outlet for the Whites when in possession and his driving runs forward were encouraging.

The opening goal of the game came on 25 minutes when Costello, who was looking dangerous, scored a wonderful header. Mark Teggart drove in a delicious cross which Costello met perfectly just inside the box and directed it past the keeper.

Then on 30 minutes disaster struck. Costello attempted a snap shot from a Daryl Evans knockdown but immediately pulled up in pain, seeming to injure his thigh. Fingers crossed the injury i s n't as bad as feared. He was replaced by Ryan Clydesdale who went on to do magnificently well in his attacking role.

The remaining minutes of the half were played out in dominating circumstances for the Whites with Killyleagh offering little threat.

The second half started in the same manner as the first with the Whites dominating play and continuing to create chances. The second goal of the game arrived when in-form midfielder Graeme Edgar provided the crowd with a moment of magic.

When put through wide on goal he produced a delightful lobbed effort over the keeper and into the empty net. The remaining minutes of the game saw Shea McConville twice have decent efforts on goal but he couldn't convert when well placed.

The Whites then introduced 16- year-olds Joshua Ingram and Adam Bronte to see out the game and both players proved they have the potential to be important squad players for the team over the next few months.

A semi-final against Crumlin Star now awaits for the Whites.

Team: Ferguson, Evans, A. Black, McAlinden, Graham, Edgar, R.Black, Hazley, Teggart, McConville and Costello.

Subs: Clydesdale, Bronte and Ingram


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