- Published on Monday, 14 July 2014 00:15
Northern Rangers travelled to Warrior Park for the third Vs fourth fixture between Northern Rangers and Hobart Olympia Warriors. Ryan McCarragher was a late withdrawal as the injury sustained last week continued to provide him discomfort and pain and the swelling prevented him from taking any part in this match.
Nick Lanau-Atkinson was also still sidelined while Adam Edwards was back in the squad but would only be used if the game allowed.
Luate provided another option off the bench for his short stay with the club and Ash Fisher took his place in the starting line up for the first time this season.
Rangers should have been 1-0 up in the opening minutes, Yitay Towns had a chance to volley home but opted to control the ball with a first touch, he still got his shot off with no pressure but missed the target from close range and Rangers were left to lament the missed opportunity.
Olympia at the other end were clinical, a free kick wide was finished through poor marking off the set play.
Rangers got back into the match quickly, Ash Fisher volleying home from 18 yards out into the top corner, but again Rangers conceded shortly after from a corner.
Defending set plays has been a low light for Rangers this year, and Rangers allowed Wadawu time to head home from the corner and restore the lead.
Then Emanuel Taskiris doubled the lead before Nick Mearns got a gift after Rangers failed to deal with a high ball across the box and Mearns made it 4-1.
Brassington combined well with Aidan Rigby to pull a goal back for Rangers before half time to make it 4-2 at the break.
After half time the game was an even affair, with Rangers looking more dangerous up front, but Olympia controlled the middle of the park.
Late in the game Rangers netted a goal to make it 3-4 and create a frenetic final 5 mintues in search of an equaliser, Luate going close but the club could not reduce the gap and fell short by a goal, Olympia skipping three points clear in third place thanks to the win.