Away defeat for Rangers

KILLYMOON Rangers sit precariously above the drop zone after they suffered another defeat on their travels.

The Cookstown based outfit travelled to face Ballymoney United last Tuesday and left the Riada Stadium, empty handed after a 1-0 defeat. They now sit just four points ahead of basement outfit Chimney Corner and have played three games less than their Antrim rivals. However, there is no doubt that Killymoon will be looking to extend that gap between themselves and Corner, in the next few weeks.

The tie saw the return of Derek Hudson having taken over from coach Stevie Hunter. Killymoon stalwart Martin Bogan was restored to centre half, in place of the suspended Davy McMullan.

The opening chance of the game fell to Warren Smith, who saw his two efforts saved and cleared off the line.

Young was next to have a decent opportunity to open the scores but Moore was equal to it in the Money goal.

It was a fairly low key first half and the sides went in 0-0 at the break.

Johnny Young had the first major chance of the second half when he saw his long range effort superbly saved by Moore.

The home side grabbed the lead in the 67th minute. A left wing cross fell to Gerald Gillan, who fired low into the bottom corner of the net. Killymoon immediately pushed men forward as they went in search of the equaliser. Young saw his header well saved and Purvis nodded wide when well placed.

The last throw of the dice was pushing Brown forward for a free kick but the ball was cleared as the home side held on for a 1-0 victory.