Ten-man Scarva get deserved win

SCARVA Rangers sit on top of Division Two following this richly deserved victory over Glenavy.

The home side did it the hard way, clinching what could be a pivotal result in their season despite being reduced to ten men in the first half.

The visitors went within a whisker of taking the lead when they struck the woodwork from a free kick.

The hosts went just as agonisingly close with a header from Glenn Moffett that sent the ball crashing against the crossbar and a follow up header from Rod Douglas was cleared off the line.

Douglas soon banished any disappointment when he put his side ahead with a breathtaking free kick that sailed over the wall and into the net from 25 yards.

It was still 1-0 when the whistle blew to signal half-time but with a man less Scarva had a lot of work to do in the second half.

McCammon forced a fine save from the Glenavy keeper when he latched on to a Neil Anderson pass and unleashed a well struck volley.

At the other end Ritchie McGivern dived at full stretch and pushed a dangerous shot from the visitors around his post for a corner.

The next goal was always going to be crucial and it went Scarva’s way. Neil Anderson held the ball up for the hosts before delivering an exceptional cross that caused havoc in the heart of the Glenavy penalty area, with a visiting defender heading the ball into his own net.

Despite the one man disadvantage, Scarva continued to dictate the contest.

Glen Moffett controlled a long clearance from McGivern and fed Ryan Dodds who sent a volley just over the target.

The Glenavy keeper was kept busy with saves to deny both substitute Gary Dodds and Dean McCammon.

Mark Baird burst forward explosively from the right back position, exchanged passes with Dean McCammon and fired a cross into the visitors’ area where Glenn Moffett slotted home but the goal was ruled out for offside.

This was a magnificent all round team display and one that could well prove highly significant by the end of the season.

Best for Scarva Rangers – Ritchie McGivern, Rod Douglas and Wes Baird, who played on despite sustaining a head injury.