an even opening fifteen minutes to the game, it was the ‘Gers who broke the
deadlock. A short back pass was capitalised on by Stewart Nixon who collected
the ball and slid it underneath Evan Moran for his first goal of the campaign.
three minutes later, Nixon got his second. Daniel Kelly regained possession in
midfield and found William Faulkner who moved forward and played the ball
through to Nixon whose shot was too powerful for Moran as it again found the
back of the ‘Point net.
Nixon torturing the home defence, a moment of madness from Town defender Demot
McVeigh, in which he blatantly kicked out at Nixon after the ball went out for
a throw-in, gave referee Raymond Crangle no choice but to produce a straight red
numerically advantaged, the ‘Gers looked to kill the game as a contest with an
inventive acrobatic effort from Lloyd Anderson being pushed over the crossbar
by Moran from close range.
McDonnell’s outfit then had a glorious chance to get themselves back into the
game as Brandon Doyle found himself through on goal but was brilliantly denied
by the trailing leg of Aaron Hogg to ensure Rangers held onto their two-goal
advantage at half time.
of confidence and energy, Nixon continued to run the show at the Q Radio Arena
following the break as he first saw an effort cleared off the line before he
fired a strike low into the bottom corner only to be adjudged to have been
just after the hour mark Lee Chapman’s cross struck the hand of Eamon Scannell
in the penalty area and with Raymond Crangle pointing to the spot, Nixon
stepped up to coolly dispatch the ball into the bottom corner for his hattrick.
Keke then took the place of Michael Smith as the away side looked to continue
adding to the scoresheet.
Frenchman made an instant impact as his cross into the box found Nixon who once
again converted only to be ruled out for offside.
Hassin replaced William Faulkner soon after as the game entered its final
ceasing to go forward, another great chance for the East Antrim side saw a
James Ferrin cross find Nixon who flicked a header narrowly past the upright.
seven minutes remaining, Nixon left the field to plaudits from both away fans
and the away dugout as he was replaced by Abby Sanusi.
then almost scored immediately as just minutes later, he was denied at close
range by Moran following a scramble in the box.
the end, the full-time whistle signalled another important victory for Niall
Currie’s men in the battle to remain in the Danske Bank Premiership.
Rangers: Hogg; Ferrin, Surgenor, Rodgers; Chapman, Faulkner (Hassin, 71), Kelly,
Neale; Anderson; Nixon (Sanusi, 83), Smith (Keke, 59).
substitutes: McAuley, Carson, Loughran, McDermott.