Second half onslaught has Rangers into the Reilly Cup

Woodview's Gerard McSorley gets away from Paul Mallon of Muirhevnamor during Sunday's MDL Premier Division clash
Rangers booked their place in the Reilly Cup as a late flurry of goals helped them to victory in the preliminary round against Lourdes Celtic at Moorland on Sunday.

Rangers booked their place in the Reilly Cup as a late flurry of goals helped them to victory in the preliminary round against Lourdes Celtic at Moorland on Sunday.

Rangers started the game brightly with new signing Anto Reilly slotting straight in at centre back, and duly took the lead after five minutes when Sean Bailey beat the goalkeeper at his near post from a Gavin Gaffey through ball.

However from then until half time, anything that could go wrong went wrong for the home side as sloppy play let Lourdes in for two quick goals to lead.

Rangers passing game was not up to scratch with many going astray and their build up play was too slow but after the break they were a different team with crisp passing and smooth attacking play.

Robbie Mackin drew the Dundalk men level on 55 minutes as captain Anto McLaughlin took control in midfield.

The pressure continued but to no avail as chance after chance was missed with Gaffey guilty of a sitter. Lourdes got no respite and were pinned back throughout.

On 82 minutes they could hold out no longer as debutant Reilly headed home at the back post. With time running out Rangers could have sat back and played for the whistle but, with four minutes remaining, they made it 4-2 when substitute Stephen McGuinness, who was excellent, scored.

The best was kept until last though when Mackin chipped the keeper from inside his own half before the end to leave 5-2 as the final score and with that second half display it was well deserved.

RANGERS: Thomas Mulvey, Daithi O’Connor, Shane Taaffe, Anto Reilly, Dixie Mulligan, Gavin Gaffey, Anto McLaughlin, Jordan Gartland, Nick Zlopka, Sean Bailey, Robbie Mackin. Subs: Keith Harmon, Stephen McGuinness, Gerard Garvey, Joshua Bailey.