hosts had the first opening of the afternoon as William Bingham cut in from the
left wing however his right-footed shot was directly at Aaron Hogg.
Wilgar Park side really should have opened the scoring after eleven minutes as
they broke following a ‘Gers corner and David McMaster’s low cross found the
unmarked Carl McComb who blasted over the bar when one-on-one.
finally opened the scoring on the 23rd minute. Owain Beggs worked
his way into the box from the left flank and fired a low shot past Hogg.
only two minutes later Niall Currie’s men drew level. Stewart Nixon skilfully beat
his man on the left wing and drilled a low cross into the box which was poked
home by Michael Smith.
Daniel Kelly then tried his luck from outside the area, but his shot was
directly at Alan Blayney who gathered comfortably.
then tried to restore his side’s lead with a curled effort that was wide of the
mark in what proved to be the final action of a first half which left the teams
minutes into the second half, Rangers took the lead. Caolin Coyle’s flicked
headed in the middle of the park looped over the Dundela defence and was
latched onto by Lukasz Adamczyk who raced through and side-footed the ball past
the helpless Blayney for his second goal since joining in January.
East Belfast side then looked to hit back immediately as Beggs’ powerful,
finessed effort produced a solid save from Hogg.
double substitution came soon after for the away side as Lee Chapman and Ashton
McDermott replaced Caolin Coyle and Lloyd Anderson respectively.
‘Gers then had a glorious chance to extend their lead as a brilliant free-kick delivery
from Reece Neale found Kelly at the front post however he headed over the
twenty minutes remaining, the final Carrick substitution saw Ryan Strain
replace Lukasz Adamczyk.
moment of magic then almost produced a wonder goal as Nixon controlled the all
with his chest, flicked it over the defender’s head and powered a half volley
just over the bar.
the other end, a Daniel Burns effort whizzed just past the top corner.
from the end the away side thought it was three as Nixon slipped in Neale whose
strike found the far corner however it was ruled out for offside.
full-time whistle confirmed the three points for the 2nd placed side
as they build momentum ahead of the important end of season games.
Rangers: Hogg; Loughran, Surgenor, Gage; Coyle (Chapman, 61), Anderson (McDermott,
61), Kelly, Neale; Nixon; Adamczyk (Strain, 71), Smith.
substitutes: McNeill, McCauley.