Scarva slump to another defeat in first of Rovers double-header

Scarva Rangers aren't enjoying the best start to the new season but they have the chance for early revenge on Rovers on Saturday. INBL1439-248PB
Scarva Rangers aren't enjoying the best start to the new season but they have the chance for early revenge on Rovers on Saturday. INBL1439-248PB

The first of two back-to-back encounters between these two sides resulted in a comfortable victory for Armagh Rovers.

The city side took the lead in the first half from the penalty spot.

They led 2-0 at the half-time interval after the visiting keeper made a fine low save but a home player drifted on to the loose ball and smashed it into the Scarva net.

Stephen Hendron was desperately unlucky not to be on the score-sheet by the time the half time whistle sounded.

He raced on to a headed flick from Douglas and skipped past the home keeper but his deft curling shot was narrowly wide of the target.

Scarva’s best attacking moments of the second half were a free-kick from Douglas that produced a fine save from the Rovers keeper and late on substitute Ernie Hammond turned neatly and sent a looping shot spiralling just over the crossbar.

In attacking terms, the second half firmly belonged to the hosts, however. They added a third goal to strengthen their grip on the three points at stake and for a period looked as if they would inflict a hefty defeat on the visitors.

Scarva deserve immense credit for ensuring the margin of defeat wasn’t much greater. A mixture of determined defending, great goalkeeping and some wayward finishing meant the home side couldn’t add to their tally.

Best for Scarva Rangers on the day was David Morton, who defended resolutely at the heart of the Scarva defence when it was under sustained pressure in the second half.

The sides meet again on Saturday, this time at Scarva Park in the Junior Cup.