looked as if the deadlock had been broken after little more than sixty seconds
as Michael Smith swept the ball over the line, but he was adjudged to have been
in an offside position.
two minutes later the ‘Gers did make the breakthrough as Smith’s perfectly
weighted delivery from the left found Stewart Nixon whose glanced header found
the back of the net via the post.
after, a powerful shot from Michael Smith had to be dealt with by young ‘keeper
Matthew Anderson who tipped the ball over the crossbar.
the resulting corner-kick, Reece Neale’s delivery to the back post was met by
Daniel Kelly who side-footed the ball in to double his side’s advantage.
the 16th minute, the East Antrim side made it three as Nixon slid
the ball through to Neale who in turn laid it off to Smith, with the Gers’ top
scorer curling a beautiful effort into the top corner past the helpless Anderson.
two minutes later, another corner-kick saw a fast-paced delivery from Nixon met
by an unstoppable bullet header from centre-half Chris Rodgers to add the hosts’
fourth within just 18 minutes.
saw out the remainder of the half in a controlled fashion following their goal
frenzy so early on, taking their 4-0 lead in at the break.
the start of the second half, Smith had two good opportunities to add to his
goal tally; the first of which saw him net following a goalmouth scramble only
to be ruled offside, before he just couldn’t stretch far enough to get on the
end of Stewart Nixon’s low cross.
then made way for fellow forward Lukasz Adamczyk as the home side looked to
continue to find the net.
the 70th minute, Ryan Strain did just that as he collected the ball
on the left wing and drilled a low shot in off the post for his first goal
since joining the Club in January.
minutes later, another Nixon corner-kick created a goal as again Kelly found
space at the back post to score past Anderson.
McNeill then replaced Kelly, freshening things up in the middle of the park.
the 74th minute, a seventh goal was added as a quick counter-attacking
move started by McNeill was finished by Nixon who swept the ball past Anderson
their credit, HW Welders continued to fight and got two goals back within two
minutes. Firstly, a close-range acrobatic effort from David Rainey pulled one
back before Matthew Ferguson’s header from a corner-kick found the bottom
game ended with a 7-2 win for the ‘Gers, which sees Niall Currie’s men return to
second in the Bluefin Sport Championship.
Rangers: Hogg; McCauley, Houston, Rodgers, Neale; Anderson, Kelly (McNeill, 73);
Nixon; Chapman (McDermott, 77), Smith (Adamczyk, 65), Strain.
substitutes: Gage, Greenfield.