McLaughlin strikes late to keep Rangers in touch at top

McLaughlin strikes late to keep Rangers in touch at top
Rangers captain Anto McLaughlin popped up with a late victory to seal victory for Ger Garvey’s side away to BMC United on Sunday, a result that keeps the Moorland side well placed, three points off the top of Division Four.

Rangers captain Anto McLaughlin popped up with a late victory to seal victory for Ger Garvey’s side away to BMC United on Sunday, a result that keeps the Moorland side well placed, three points off the top of Division Four.

Rangers began the game slowly and their slack play saw them fall behind to a contentious goal on the half hour mark.

A questionable call by the referee, which saw him wave play on despite the BMC striker looking more than five yards offside, left Rangers fuming and Thomas Mulvey was left picking the ball out of his net.

The start of the second-half saw Rangers fly out of the traps and Robbie Mackin equalised within 60 seconds of the restart. The visitors upped the tempo and pushed forward, playing some neat passing football with Gavin Gaffey’s crossing causing havoc in the BMC defence.

Rangers should have went ahead from one of his deliveries but Aidan Grimes somehow missed a gilt edged opportunity despite being unmarked from six-yards.

Chance after chance went a begging for Rangers and it looked like they would have to settle for a point before McLaughlin tapped home from six-yards with five minutes to go.

The home side pushed for a share of the spoils but, with Barry Casey standing tall at the back, their push came to nothing and Rangers saw it out for their third win of the season.

Rangers: Thomas Mulvey, Daithi O’Connor, Barry Casey, Shane Taaffe, Dixie Mulligan, Anto McLaughlin, Dylan Thornton, Gavin Gaffey, Aidan Grimes, Robbie Mackin, Jordan Gartland. Subs: Sean Bailey, Keith Harmon, Joshua Bailey.