Rathfriland see off Blues in league warm-up

Rathfriland Rangers continued their preparation for life in Division 1A with a promising display against a young Linfield team, who had beaten Newcastle from 1B 6–0 the previous week.

The first half, although played at a good pace was devoid of any real goal scoring chances with the impressive centre-half pairing of Johnny Gibson and Alan Murray coping well with the pace of the young Blues.

The second half started with a spell of pressure from Linfield, during which Rathfriland keeper Kieran Maguire pulled off a great block in a one v one situation and a goalline clearance from Gibson kept the score at 0–0.

On the 70th minute the heavens opened. Rathfriland appeared to cope better in the extreme conditions and Andy McClarty latched onto a through ball to finish neatly into the bottom right hand corner and Ian Weir finished off a good move down the right from close range to seal the victory.

The 2013/14 season is just days away wih Rathfriland Rangers kicking off their new season this Saturday with a home fixture against Dundonald in their new surroundings of the Amateur League 1A after their promotion last season.

This season the Whites are under the management of Ian McDowell following the departure of Alan Frazer.

Rathfriland play four out of their first five games at Iveagh Park with their Second game the following Tuesday (August 13) when they travel to Derriaghy while on Saturday August 17 they host Downpatrick FC.

On Tuesday August 20 they then host Derriaghy in a league fixture while they play Grove United at Iveagh Park in the first round of the Border Cup on Saturday August 24.