High five for Rangers

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

High five for Rangers thumbnailMaking it look easy! Stevie Coulter heads the ball into the Cookstown RBL nets.

ANOTHER Saturday, another cup competition for the Whites.

Rathfriland Rangers ...5
Cookstown RBL ...0

Cookstown RBL were the visitors in the Bob Radcliffe cup and were seen off with a convincing win for the Whites.

Rathfriland again were forced into changes to the starting line up with Stevie Coulter pushed into an attacking role, alongside Costello up front.

Mark Teggart made his long-awaited return to the side and Mark Gracey came in for the unavailable Shane Harrison.

On paper this game suggested a high-scoring affair but the early stages suggested otherwise.

Rathfriland were sloppy in possession and failed to create any clear-cut chances in the opening 25 minute.

Finally the deadlock was broken when Aidan Sheeky made inroads down the right and crossed beautifully for Stevie Coulter to head home from 8 yards, passed the stranded 'keeper.

Rathfriland's tails were up and doubled their lead when Johnny Roy tip-toed his way into the penalty area and slotted the ball home to dampen Cookstowns spirits.

3-0 soon arrived when an initial effort from Teggart was saved and Daryl Evans finished off from close range, with the visitors claiming for offside which the referee didn't blow for.

Before the break Rathfriland got another goal when Teggart swung in a tantalising cross for Ryan Clyesdale to head home from all of 12 yards without the 'keeper moving an inch. Half time: 4-0.

The second half had the air of inevitability about it right from the get-go. Cookstown knew the game was up. but fought admirably to keep the scoreline down with some resolute defending, accompanied with some stunning saves from their 'keeper.

James Costello was itching to get in on the goalscoring to keep his recent run of goal scoring games going.

On 60 minutes he got his rewards with a finish from outside the box to take his tally to seven consecutive goalscoring matches.

Rathfriland had further chances to enhance their lead when Teggart was put clean through on goal, but perhaps his composure let him down when the 'keeper easily saved his effort.

Rathfriland then rang the changes with time running out by introducing youngsters Max Wilson and Adam Bronte along with the returning Ross Black, who has missed the last six games through injury.

Bronte made his presence felt in the middle of the park and linked up well with Black who zipped passes about to put smiles on the Rathfriland faithful seeing him back in action.

The game finished at 5-0 with more spurned chances for the Whites, but tougher tests are yet to come as they progress in the competition.

Team: Gracey, Sheeky, Clyesdale, McAlinden, Graham, Roy, Edgar, Evans, Teggart, Coulter and Costello. Subs Wilson, Bronte and Black.

The first team would also like to thank Brian Todd for his kind sponsorship of Saturday's match ball, as ever Brian thank you for your continued support, much appreciated by all.



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