was Larne who started the game on the front foot, with Thomas Stewart firing a powerful
effort over the bar from the edge of the area after ten minutes.
Stuart then slipped the ball through to Jeff Hughes whose low shot narrowly went
past the post.
was presented with a glorious chance to break the deadlock later in the half
when the ball broke to him ten yards from goal, however he somehow missed the
target as his side-footed effort went wide.
the 44th minute, a foul on Michael Smith inside the penalty area
gave referee Declan Hassan no choice but to point to the penalty spot. Caolan
Loughran stepped up to take his third penalty in four games, and he made no
mistake as he sent Michael Dougherty the wrong way for his tenth goal of the
home side looked to double their advantage early in the second half, however
Stewart Nixon’s delivery was headed over by Chris Rodgers.
Strain then replaced Craig McMillen as the ‘Gers looked for a second goal.
Lynch’s side pushed for an equaliser for the entire half but created no real
opportunities of note, as they were met by brave and resolute defending from
full-time whistle confirmed an emphatic result for Niall Currie’s side, as they
now find themselves seven points ahead of third placed Portadown who have a
game in hand.
Rangers: Hogg; Coyle, Rodgers, Loughran, Neale; Anderson, Kelly; McMillen
(Strain, 60); Chapman, Smith (Adamczyk, 88), Nixon.
Unused substitutes: McNeill, McDermott,