Tale of two halves for Slane as Rangers take win in ‘Classico’.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Tale of two halves for Slane as Rangers take win in ‘Classico’. thumbnail Moneyslane playing Banbridge Rangers at Jubilee Park on Tuesday evening.

LAST Tuesday night (22 August) saw the first encounter of this season 's Bann Classico at Jubilee Park and it was a tale of two halves.

Banbridge Rangers...4

Moneyslane started the brightest and were in front inside the opening minute.

A Kernaghan header was headed back across goal by Larmour to Ringland, who nodded in from two yards out, 1-0.

Moneyslane were rampant in the first half but gave away a soft free kick on 17 minutes.

Rangers' centre half Chambers made no mistake from the edge of area finding the bottom corner of Crawford's net, 1-1.

Joy was shortlived for the Banbridge side as Moneyslane took the lead shortly after.

Montgomery spotted the run of Kingsmore who beat his marker and found the bottom corner of McMullan's goal, 2-1.

As expected in derby matches there is always tension and Rangers' centre half Chambers saw the first yellow for throwing Kingsmore to the ground off the ball.

Moneyslane looked dangerous going forward and Kingsmore was getting plenty of service, which saw him have two more efforts before the half time interval.

First his toepoke from the edge of the area found the side netting and soon after he robbed the ball back outside the Rangers area, before curling an effort towards the top corner which was excellently saved by the Rangers 'keeper.

On the stroke of half time Rangers' Cousins was booked for a challenge on Ferguson as the Slane defender got to the ball first.

The half ended with Moneyslane well on top.

Half time: Moneyslane 2-1 Banbridge Rangers.

The second half got underway and it's fair to say Moneyslane never came back out of the changing rooms.

The Banbridge side showed more hunger and were first to every ball all over the park, with the Moneyslane strike force not having any of the ball in the second half.

Referee Murry had to keep a lid on things as Moneyslane's Ferguson was booked for a trip on the edge of the box and minutes later, Rangers' Baird also saw yellow for a dangerous tackle on Ker na ghan.

The Rangers midfielder was then shown a quick second yellow and shown his marching orders after abusing the match official.

Rangers drew level with 20 minutes remaining when Cunningham crossed from the left, which evaded everyone and ended up in the back of the Slane net, 2-2.

Ten minutes later Hainon gave away a very silly free kick 25 yards from goal and this time substitute Wilson found the bottom corner of Crawford's net via a deflection off the Slane wall, 2-3.

In the final few minutes the visitors rubbed salt into the Slane wounds when a corner from the right was met by an unmarked Elliot whose flick trickled into the back of the Slane net, 2-4.

With the game all but over Rangers' midfielder Ward was lucky not to see red as he lunged at Kernaghan as the striker broke into the Rangers' half, as he was about to pull the trigger the tackle came from behind leaving Kernaghan having to be carried of the pitch.

The referee blew for full time in what was a second half to forget from the home side.


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