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Six is the magic number for Valley with another win

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

VALLEY Rangers maintained the positive start to the new year with a well-deserved win in Portadown, against St Mary's.

St Mary's...0
Valley Rangers...6

Valley travelled to Annagh United's home pitch, where Saints play their home games.

Rangers knew three points were important in their quest to make up ground in Intermediate A, but were mindful it is never easy when away to St Mary's.

The game began brightly with both sides contributing to a lively encounter. Valley had the best chance through Andy Graham, but his shot was saved. Saints had an opportunity when their speedy right winger got in behind, but McVeigh smothered the effort.

Valley had to work hard to keep Saints at bay, but it was Rangers who looked dangerous on the attack. Andy McCoy released Andy Graham, who raced clear before rounding the 'keeper to roll the ball into the empty net for 1-0 Valley.

Chances then fell to McMath, who saw his shot go narrowly wide when well placed. Andy Graham went through again with his shot blocked and Ricky Graham pulled the rebound wide of the post.

Momentum was building for Rangers, but the defence of Parke, McCoy, McKee and Hanna had to keep sharp to smother the Saints' attack. This would prove to be a sound defensive display with McVeigh vocally keeping the guys on their toes.

As half time approached, Valley were given a significant boost, St Mary's had a midfielder sent off for a headbutt in an unnecessary action by the Saints player, with the referee perfectly placed to witness the offence.

The second half began with Saints showing determination to persevere with a man down, but Valley began to turn the screw using the advantage to run out convincing winners.

Ricky Graham added goal number two with a well-taken goal as he blasted home. Rangers introduced McCartney and Tommy McKee to add pace to exploit the space Saints were leaving, as they pushed to get back in the game.

Excellent work by McCartney and Andy Graham allowed McMath to arrive in the box to steer home goal number three.

Andy Graham added goal number four when he intelligently used his strength to hold off the defender before finishing with confidence.

Valley were not in all-out attack mode with Thomas McKee breaking on the left at pace before cleverly shaping to pass, but used the disguise to show low past the Saints' 'keeper.

Goal six arrived when McCoy passed to McCartney who raced towards goal before showing brilliant composure to gently lift the ball over the onrushing Saints' 'keeper.

Valley sealed a convincing win to move up a few places in the table. Intermediate A is very close and competitive this season with so many good sides, it's great to be involved in such a division. Next up Valley Rangers travel to Camlough Rovers on Saturday.

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