first half started quietly, with the first real opportunity of the afternoon
coming after 34 minutes, as Mark Surgenor sent a free-kick from just outside
the area over the bar.
minutes before the break, the Mallards took the lead. Some slack play from the ‘Gers
in their own half saw Chris Kelly pounce on the loose ball and slide in Ryan
Campbell who fired past Aaron Hogg, giving the hosts the lead at half-time.
the 53rd minute, Rangers found the equaliser. Kelly’s clearance fell
to the on-running Caolan Loughran who fired a low left-footed shot into the
Anderson then came on in place of the injured Daniel Kelly in midfield.
five minutes after the equaliser, Carrick went in front. Craig McMillen’s shot
struck the hand of Kelly in the area, with referee Diarmuid Harrigan no
hesitating to point to the spot. Loughran stepped up to the mark and sent a powerful
strike into the corner of the net, giving ‘keeper John Connolly no chance.
substitutions saw Michael Smith replace Ryan Strain before Caolin Coyle took
the place of Stewart Nixon.
the final seconds of the game, it looked as if Harry McConkey’s side had drawn
level but Hogg produced a great save to deny Robbie Hume’s shot before Richard
Clarke’s follow-up was cleared off the line by Lewis Houston, as the full-time
whistle was met with jubilation from the ‘Gers management, players and
supporters as they picked up a hard-fought three points to keep them at 2nd
in the Bluefin Sport Championship.
Rangers: Hogg; Houston, Surgenor, Loughran; Chapman, McNeill, Kelly (Anderson,
54), Neale; McMillen; Strain (Smith, 64), Nixon (Coyle, 86).
substitutes: McCauley, McDermott.