Caolan Loughran had the first opportunity of the evening, but his free-kick was
wide of Conor Devlin’s goal.
Rodgers then entered the contest, taking the place of Daniel Kelly who picked
up an injury after only seven minutes.
the 14th minute, Larne broke the deadlock. Tomas Cosgrove delivered
a cross from the right wing which was met by Jonathan McMurray to head past
after, Lee Lynch could have doubled Tiernan Lynch’s side’s lead, however, his
strike was well saved by Hogg.
25 minutes, the home side found their equaliser. Loughran again stepped up to
the dead ball and this time made no mistake as his powerful free-kick struck
the inside of the post and found the net.
just five minutes later, another Loughran free-kick was met by a good save from
Devlin as the rivals went in level at half time.
seconds into the second half, a speculative McMurray strike flashed past the post
from outside the box.
the other end, a Reece Neale corner was punched clear by Devlin as far as
William Faulkner whose shot flew over the bar.
minutes from time, the visitors found the winning goal. A free-kick just
outside the box was struck by Mark Randell who picked out the top corner as the
ball clipped the underside of the crossbar and nestled in the net.
instant response from the ‘Gers bench saw Adam Gray make his debut, replacing
late pressure it wasn’t to be for Niall Currie’s men who can hold their heads
high for a superb, battling team performance.
Rangers: Hogg; Ferrin, Surgenor, Loughran; Chapman, Faulkner, D. Kelly
(Rodgers, 7), Neale; Nixon; M. Kelly (Gray, 78), Smith.
substitutes: McAuley, Carson, Magill, McDermott, Anderson.