Matthew magic shoots down Gers

A first half hat-trick from Matthew Ajai earned Bay United their first win of the season under the Bellew Park flood lights on Wednesday night.

A first half hat-trick from Matthew Ajai earned Bay United their first win of the season under the Bellew Park flood lights on Wednesday night.

The big Bay United centre-forward got his team off to the perfect star with his first goal of the night in the 1st minute.

Jake McConville equalised for Rangers seven minutes later with a well struck free kick and Scott Hearty put Rangers 2-1 ahead two minutes after that with a fierce shot from inside the penalty area.

The sides were soon level again when Matthew Ajai scored his second goal of the game with a powerful shot to the roof of the Rangers net and he completed his hat-trick three minutes before the break when he ran on to a superb pass from Liam McCartney and hammered home at the second attempt after Rangers ‘keeper produced a good block on his first strike.

Rangers had the majority of possession in the second-half but struggled to break down the well organised Bay United defence. Bay goalkeeper Oisin Norman produced a brilliant save to deny Aaron Markey in the 36th minute and at the other end Ben Dixon made a comfortable save from Liam McCartney after the Bay United player made a surging run from halfway.

Aaron Markey was unlucky again in the 43rd minute when he knocked the ball past the advancing Oisin Norman but Bay United defender Kelly Ohobi somehow raced back to scramble the ball off the line.

However the resurgence was too little too late for the Rangers side and Bay should have increased their lead in the closing stages when hat-trick hero Ajai had a glorious chance but this time his shot found the side netting.

Rangers: Ben Dixon, Oisin Dixon, Aaron Markey, Jack McKay, Conlon Caragher, Tony Reilly, Val Kathes, Jake McConville, Calum Hoey, Aaron McGlynn, Scott Hearty, Steven McArdle, Kerry McCabe.

Bay United: Oisin Norman, Troy Chizuza, Enoch Ulanga, Danny Clelland, Peter Uchebou, Liam McCartney, Godson Ifeanyi, Toby Bankole, Jack McArdle, Sean Connolly, Matthew Ajai, Mark Ajai, Kelly Ohobi, Caolan Lindsay.