Rangers went into second place in the U11 First Division last Tuesday night after they recorded a narrow 1-0 victory over Bellurgan Celtic in an exciting match in Bellew Park.
Both sides deserve huge credit for the entertainment they served up despite the extremely cold conditions on the night. It was a mystery that only one goal was scored considering the amount of chances the teams created throughout the game.
Bellurgan settled early and created several chances in the opening 15 minutes. Eoin Woods was pushing forward through the middle at every opportunity and he set up Damian Curran in the 9th minute who smashed a brilliant effort off the crossbar and Peter McCarthy was also unlucky to see his well struck effort well saved by Rangers ‘keeper Ben Dixon.
The home side eventually settled with Gerard Uamai pulling the strings in midfield and his driving run and pass set up Jake McConville to fire a rasping shot that was blocked by Bellurgan ‘keeper James Larrigan in the 19th minute and a minute later McConville latched on to poor clearance but Larrigan redeemed himself to produce a good save.
Rangers finished the first half on a high with Cian Marmion and Gerard Uamai going close before the half time whistle.
It was more of the same after the break. Faisal Moyo saw his point blank effort somehow saved on the Bellurgan goal line but Rangers did break the deadlock in the 11th minute when Jake McConville slotted home from six yards with the help of the inside of the Bellurgan post.
Eoin Woods was very unlucky not to equalise soon after when his effort bounced back off the Rangers post.
Bellurgan threw everything at Rangers in search of an equaliser and Philip McQuillan looked certain to score but Ben Dixon produced a good reflex save with his feet and Dixon produced another fine save in the closing stages from a Damian Curran shot.
Rangers: Ben Dixon, Oisin Dixon, Jack McKay, Keith Dollard, Nathan Toal McMahon, Faisal Moyo, Gerard Uamai, Cian Marmion, Jake McConville, Conor Marmion, Azize Yusuf.