Rathfriland Rangers hosted a youthful and vibrant Glenavon Reserves team on Saturday but lost out to a 5-0 scoreline.
It was a one-sided game where the visitors’ clinical passing style of football was too much for the Division 1A side.
Rathfriland’s best part of the game was in the first 20 minutes when, at times, they had Glenavon on the defensive as the young side settled on the large Iveagh Park surface.
During this period Rathfriland had two opportunities to score but the big Glenavon ‘keeper, John Connolly, was equal to them.
The Lurgan outfit then found their feet with youngster Jonathan Dallas in midfield dictating play and distributing the ball at will.
The same player instigated a double one two with the other centre midfielder, picking up the return ball and planting the ball in the corner of the net to open the scoring.
Another passage of neat play allowed Glenavon to double their lead and leave the half time scoreline at 2-0, leaving the home side with no time to rally before the break.
Unfortunately for Rathfriland they conceded another two goals within the first five minutes of the second period with Glenavon centre forward Andrew Mitchell getting both of them in a display of pace and fine finishing - no doubt something that he worked on in his time with the Northern Ireland Milk Cup Elite team.
In the latter stages of the game Rangers moved captain, Stevie Coulter to a more forward position and he was unfortunate to see his shot clip the outside of the post after a wriggling run allowed him on a one on one with the Glenavon ‘keeper.
Glenavon continued to dictate the play from midfield and scored a fifth goal late on to leave the final score at 5-0, leaving Rathfriland to ponder on the improvements required for their next game at home to Derriaghy in their next fixture tonight (Tuesday) at Iveagh Park.
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