KILLYMOON Rangers got back to winning ways with a superb 3-2 victory over Portstewart under the MUSA lights last Friday evening.
This crucial victory has allowed the Cookstown outfit to move four points clear of Chimney Corner, who lie bottom of the Championship 2.
The home side started the better of the two teams and took the game to Portstewart. A succession of corners failed to test the away sides rearguard but the home side were dominating proceedings.
Nonetheless, against the run of play the Seasiders grabbed the lead. Parsons nipped in front of his marker and nodded home to make it 1-0.
On 31 minutes Killymoon deservedly got back on level terms as Young crossed from a corner and Davy McMullan slammed home.
Killymoon were rewarded for their dominance on 37 minutes when Montgomery crossed from the bye line and Young nodded across the goal for Warren Smith to head home.
The home side went in 2-1 up at the half time interval.
There was plenty of drama at the start of the second half as the home side soon found themselves reduced to ten men. A Portstewart forward raced through on goal and McMullan brought him down inside the area. McMullan subsequently received a red card and Peden slotted home to level the scores.
Home manager Brian McGarry rang the changes as Smith, Shannon and McGaw were replaced by Young, Harkness and Kevin Kelly.
Despite the numerical disadvantage the home side grabbed the lead as Purvis scored on 63 minutes.
Killymoon then dug in and prepared for the Portstewart onslaught. Brown made a number of smart saves to keep the home side in front. Killymoon pulled eight men behind the ball and left Kelly up front on his own as they hung on for a crucial three points.
Killymoon; M Brown, J Ferry, S Purvis, S McElhatton, D McMullan, G Crooks, D Shannon, G McGaw, W Smith, W Montgomery, J Young. Subs, A Young, M Harkness, K Kelly.
Killymoon are on their travels this weekend as they face Ballyclare at Dixon Park. 3pm kick off.
For the second successive Saturday, Killymoon Rangers 2nd XI have no fixture. On Saturday 31st March, it is derby day for both teams as Killymoon Rangers face Coagh United at the MUSA at 3pm while the Reserves face Moyola Park Olympic at Fairhill with a 2pm kick off.
The club would like to wish Nathan Gray, our representative at IFA meetings, a speedy recover following his recent operation.
Killymoon Rangers are holding a FIFA 12 Tournament on Saturday 14th April at 8pm in the Old Town Inn, Cookstown
For further information contact Richard Donaghy 07770454608.