Rathfriland edge closer to the top of league table

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Rangers hosted Lisburn Rangers on Saturday in their third consecutive home league fixture and after a very professional performance ran out 3-0 winners with a much deserved three points.

Rathfriland Rangers...3
Lisburn Rangers...0

Lisburn opened brightly with the majority of the play in the first 10 minutes but that was as much as Rangers were prepared to give them as they began to turn the screw in what turned out to be a fairly one-sided contest.

A deflected shot on to the post almost give Rathfriland a 15th minute lead but it wasn't long before they did get the platform they needed to launch their 3-0 win when Stevie Coulter bravely contested an in-swinging ball from Jack Graham to nod the ball into the net taking a knock for his troubles and give his side a 1-0 lead.

Rathfriland at this stage were playing some fantastic periods of play with John Scanell and Ross Black dominating the central midfield area with Ally Wilson and James Costello both firing over.

Lisburn had one shot from distance but it cleared the perimeter fence as well as the goal frame and the teams entered the dressing rooms at the break with a one goal advantage to the home side.

In the second period Rathfriland again bossed proceedings with Jack Graham on the left hand side of midfield instrumental in all that was good about Rangers` offensive play. On the hour mark James Costello neatly tucked the ball under the Lisburn `keeper for his 30th goal of the campaign and within another five minutes it was 3 - 0 with John Scanell neatly curling a shot into the net after a fantastic move involving Johnny Black, Graham andWilson who pulled the ball back for the sublime finish from the Rangers midfielder.

Johnny Roy thumped one on to the crossbar from distance and another took a fingertip save to clear the danger from another while Lisburn`s only second half threat was a glancing header which just shaved Harrison`s left hand post with the central pairing of Aaron Black and Darryl Evans always in control.

In the end Rathfriland ran out comfortable winners and never really looked in any danger which keeps their league run of form going. With both Crumlin Star and Downpatrick FC separately dropping points, it all looks set for an exciting run in to the Premier League campaign.

TEAM: Shane Harrison, Johnny Roy, Johnny Black, Aaron Black, Darryl Evans, Ross Black, John Scannell, Stevie Coulter, James Costello, Ally Wilson, Jack Graham.

Subs: Darren McGrath, Ryan Kane, Graeme Edgar.


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