Rangers’ fine run ended by Celtic

KILLYMOON Rangers recent run of good form came to an abrupt end at Knockramer Park in Lurgan.

The Cookstown outfit were defeated by 4-0 and they will be hoping to bounce back with a better performance against local rivals Moyola Park at the MUSA on Friday evening.

It was twenty minutes before either team created any chances worth mentioning. Gareth McElhatton was then called into action as he made a number of impressive stops.

The Moon responded with their best move of the match. Good work from Young, Montgomer, Smith and Kelly saw Johnny Young shoot wide. Moments later, Young went close again as he saw his effort well saved by Fox in the Celtic goal.

Celtic then saw a header ricochet off the bar from a well worked corner. Both sides had a number of chances to score before half time and both keepers had to be on their toes to keep the score 0-0 at the half time interval.

Lurgan Celtic came out for the second half all fired up and ready to go. The home side took control of the tie early on as they scored three quick fire goals. Haire opened the scoring as he latched onto a through ball despite protests from the Killymoon backroom staff about a possible offside.

Killymoon then conceded a second. McElhatton was unfortunate in his attempts to keep the ball out. 2-0 to Lurgan Celtic

Celtic added a third soon after as a corner bounced off McAvoys body at the back post.

Gari Crooks went close for the Moon shortly after as Killymoon went in search of a consolatory goal. However, Celtic grabbed a fourth as Ryan completed the scoring in the 85th minute, after they had just been reduced to ten men following a harsh red card for O’Hara.

Full time, Lurgan Celtic 4 Killymoon Rangers 0.

Teams: Killymoon Rangers; G McElhatton, J Scott, S Purvis, S McIlhatton, D McMullan, G Crooks, K Kelly, J Young, W Smith, W Montgomery, D Shannon. Subs, C Stewart, C Martin, G McGaw, G Dardis.

Lurgan Celtic: C Fox, JP O’ Hagan, J McAreavey, C McAnallan, C McAvoy, N Lavery, C McKerr, K McCann, R Fitzpatrick, A Haire, R O’Hara. Subs, D Ryan, J Reynolds, S Boyd, G Magennis.

Killymoon will be hoping to get back into winning form as they host Moyola Park on Friday evening with an 7.45pm kick off

Killymoon reserves made the journey to Belfast and left with nothing to show as they faced a talented Ballyclare Comrades Reserves. Chances were few and far between in the first half with both keepers having very little to do. 0-0 at the break. Ballyclare opened the scoring in the 47th minute from a corner after some slack Moon marking. Four goals went unanswered as Killymoon struggled to get into the game and they were desperately glad to hear the final whistle. 5-0 to the Comrades.

This weekend Killymoon Rangers 2nd XI are at home to Metro YM in the Canada Cup. Kick off at Beechway is 1.30pm

The club are holding a waxing night on Saturday evening at the Old Town Inn and a bag packing day is planned for Saturday 19th November. Please check the clubs website for full details of all events.