REDEEMER United got their season off to a perfect start with this flattering 6-2 win over Rampart Celtic in Gorman Park last Friday week.
Played in brilliant sunshine, before an attendance of 150 spectators, the game remained scoreless for the first half hour.
The old adage, play to the whistle, was ignored by the Rampart defence when a cross from the byline was turned home by former Rampart striker Conor Smyth.
A spectacular overhead kick by Paul Gartland doubled Redeemer’s lead and on the stroke of half-time, Smyth beat David Lynch with a delightful lob to give the home side a 3-0 lead.
Smyth completed his hat-trick 10 minutes into the second-half before Rampart reduced the arrears when Colin Warnock beat Dane Harrison from the edge of the box after 57 minutes.
A header from Rampart’s outstanding performer, Jason Mulligan, cut the deficit to two and suddenly it was game on.
Rampart enjoyed their best spell of the match and Chris Mullen flashed an effort past the post before Harrison did well to turn a well struck effort away for a corner.
The visitors’ hopes of a comeback were snuffed out with eight minutes remaining when Barry Carr picked up a clearance before driving into the box and placing the ball past Lynch to make it 5-2. TJ Murtagh completed the scoring with five minutes to play.
A very entertaining match on a beautiful evening in front of a fine crowd is what Summer League football is all about. Both teams contributed to a very exciting match by playing some delightful passing football on a splendid surface.