Eight goals scored in Radcliffe semi-final.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Eight goals scored in Radcliffe semi-final. thumbnailRathfriland substitute Josh Ingram skips over Jonny Cranston’s tackle.

THE Whites travelled to close neighbours Valley Rangers in this semi-final contest and played out a spirited game in front of a large crowd last Friday (24 November) night.

Valley Rangers...2
Rathfriland Rangers...6.

The game opened up with Rathfriland reverting to their 4-4-1-1 formation and it initially caused problems for the home side.

The opening goal of the game came for the Whites when a typical Johnny Roy marauding run, ended up with him wrong-footing the keeper with his cross-comeshot, which ended up in the net.

1-0 became 2-0 in bizarre circumstances when Valley's centre half Parke played a bouncing ball back to his keeper who inadvertently headed the ball backwards into his own net.

With five minutes of the half remaining there were still two more goals to come.

Firstly Rathfriland scored via Costello, for his 20th of the season, via a long ball which he raced onto and finished.

Valley though responded well, playing a neat passing move out on the wing and then crossed for their forward to slot home past Harrison in the Rathfriland goal.


Half time: 1 - 3

The second half started much in the same vein as the first with a glut of goals sure to come.

Firstly Rathfriland were forced into a half-time substitution with Scannell going off injured and McConville replacing him. The first goal of the second half came when Teggart skipped past a defender and fired a shot past the keeper.

4-1 then became 5-1 when McConville burst into the box and was brought down by the home defender. Costello stepped up and made no mistake from the penalty spot.

With 15 minutes left in the game there were still more goals to come. Valley introduced a young pacey winger on the right and he did excellent with a surging run and finish past Harrison.

The final goal of the game came when Rathfriland swung a corner into the box and young Ryan Clydesdale volleyed home to grab a rare goal for him.

The game finished with fans of both teams having witnessed eight goals in this game. Best of luck to Valley for the rest of the season.


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