Rathfriland Rangers were looking to get back to winning ways after last weeks shock cup defeat and came away with a 6-1 win over Orangefield.
The match started as the home side looked slightly unsettled with last weekend’s defeat hanging over them.
The first goal of the game, though, duly arrived for the home side when a corner wasn’t cleared and found its way to Lee Feeney inside the box and his cultured volley found the net to settle the nerves.
With this goal sparking the team into life it was somewhat of a shock when Orangefield flew forward in a counter attack.
Their left winger hit a shot under the advancing Hughes in the Rathfriland goal.
With the experience in the attack for Rathfriland it was only a matter of time before more goals followed.
The Whites then scored their second goal of the game when a free kick by Ross Black looped over the keeper and into the middle of the net.
Two soon became three when Ally Wilson found space inside the area and expertly stroked the ball home to make his mark on the game.
Orangefield continued to apply pressure on counter attacks but Rathfriland’s defence of Fegan, Larkin, Black and Baird were comfortably in control.
Darren McGrath was tirelessly making runs in behind the Orangefield left back and was unlucky to not have got on the scoresheet on a couple of occasions.
With half time approaching the game was effectively ended as a contest when Nathan Baird’s quick thinking with a throw in found James Costello’s run and after some hustling to fend off the defender he found a tidy finish from an acute angle to make it 4-1 at half time.
To Orangefield’s credit they rallied well at the start of the second half but with no real penetration to steal a goal back in the game.
Rathfriland’s John Scannell was making rampaging runs throughout the game and drove Rathfriland forward.
Tommy Lockhart was terrorising the Orangefield right back and was delivering dangerous balls into the box with chances coming thick and fast the strikers.
Both sides had chances to get more goals during the second half but it was substitute Karl McVerry who got the next goal when he coolly side footed home to beat the advancing keeper and make the score line 5-1.
There was still time at the end of the game for the best player on the pitch, Scannell, to race through on goal and with a ‘Philippe Albert’ style lobbed finish to make the score line 6-1.
Manager, Clifford Steritt, was delighted to see a great performance match the deserved score line of the game.
Next week an Intermediate cup tie against neighbouring Dromara awaits in what is sure to be a feisty contest.