Double sending off opens up the floodgates for Rangers to hit 11 goals

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

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Banbridge Rangers 11 Oxford Sunnyside 3
It was a four star performance from Stuart Mallen on Saturday for Banbridge Rangers in their Bob Radcliffe match against Oxford Sunnyside at Cheney Park.
Stuart had signed for Annagh United from Banbridge Rangers at the start of this season but returned to his hometown team to score the opening four goals on Saturday.
Oxford Sunnyside are an improving side over the last year with several signings from Lurgan Celtic and have some very talented players but ultimately it was discipline that let them down on Saturday with a double sending off midway through the second half opening up the floodgates for Banbridge Rangers to hit eleven goals.
Stuart Mallen opened the scoring after quarter of an hour guiding home a low cross from Aaron Cheevers. Mallen then doubled the lead ten minutes later racing onto a Ben Wilson high ball lifting his shot over the onrushing keeper.
Oxford replied almost instantly with a bullet header from a corner but Stuarty Mallen scored his hat-trick before half time when strike partner Ally Wilson cushioned a pass into him to finish from 15 yards.
In the second half Banbridge Rangers started controlling most of the play without getting out of first gear but when Oxfords left back received a second yellow card with just under half an hour to go it incensed their centre half who pushed the referee in protest to leave his team with only nine players.
It was only a matter of seconds until Banbridge Rangers scored a fourth goal with substitute Andy Mallen crossing from the left for younger brother Stuarty to tap in his fourth goal on his return.
Colin Cunningham was introduced straight away and within a minute had got himself on the score sheet picking up a crossfield ball from Chris Chambers before striking in off the far post.
In the 72nd minute Ally Wilson made it six after collecting a pass with his back to goal before swivelling and firing high past the Oxford keeper from twenty yards.
The tempo dropped significantly and so did the concentration levels with a straight pass from Oxford going between two defenders forward Ciaran Ryan poking past McMullan to make it 6-2.
With just over ten minutes to go Harry Patterson was brought on for his second senior appearance at only 15 years and 5 months old. The youngster was then handed the ball a minute later when Banbridge Rangers were awarded a penalty with regular penalty taker Chris Chambers opting to give Patterson the chance to become the clubs youngest ever goalscorer and duly accepted the gesture putting the keeper the wrong way.
Ally Wilson provided a cross from the left hand side to Aaron Cheevers who scored his first competitive goal for Banbridge Rangers to make it eight. Ally Wilson then scored the pick of the goals himself a minute later rifling a shot from 25 yards into the very top corner with a perfectly struck drive.
Oxford were awarded a penalty and scored from the rebound after a terrific initial save from Bryan McMullan who had pulled off one of the best saves seen at Cheney Park earlier in the game tipping a glancing header onto the crossbar.
Right back Ben Wilson doesn't score too often and when a reverse pass from Cheevers sent him free on goal the defender took his chance firing into the bottom corner as the match moved into stoppage time.
There was still time for Banbridge Rangers to make it eleven goals on the day with Ally Wilson checking the last defender and instead of going for the hat-trick he squared for Andy Mallen to tap in.
A comfortable victory in the end with Rangers very much in control before the double sending off. The Banbridge side have no fixture this weekend but return to action the following Saturday in the next round of the Bob Radcliffe away to Annagh United.
BRFC Team: Bryan McMullan, Russell Hilland (Harry Patterson '79), Ross Elliott, Chris Chambers, Ben Wilson, Aaron Cheevers, Scott Ward (Colin Cunningham '66), Nathan Baird, Stuart Mallen, Colin Cousins (Andy Mallen '45) and Ally Wilson



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