- Published on Sunday, 17 August 2014 23:21
Fourth Place Secured with Round 19 Win.
Northern Rangers Victory League side needed just one more win from their remaining 3 games to secure their place in this year’s Victory Cup.
Coming up against Kingborough in theory should have been an easy game, given the past two fixtures were 7-0 and 8-0 to Rangers, but Kingborough were not at full strength on either of those outings, and looked far more up for the challenge this time around.
Tim Lunnon had a full strength side to pick from this week, and went with Aidan Rigby to partner Brassington up front. Mitch Dent did not train so Pat Lanau-Atkinson went to full back, other than that the side was pretty settled.
It was a close game from start to finish, with both sides having their chances, Kingborough attacked the wide areas, and almost scored when Pooley made a parried save, but only to the feet of Cowan, who fired over the bar directly in front with no one defending the goal.
Nick Lanau-Atkinson was looking dangerous all day, and could have put Rangers up with an unorthodox chip from distance that bounced into the cross bar but did not settle.
Nick Lanau-Atkinson’s chip was on target shortly though after as he put Ranger ahead midway through the half.
Rangers took the 1-0 score line into half time, but added to it straight from the kick off, Yitay Towns pocking a shot under the keeper but it was going wide, before Brassington entered to tap it in ahead of his defenders desperate attempt to clear off the line.
At 2-0 Rangers looked comfortable, and that where Kingborough pounced, a further cross from width was this time parried again by Pooley to the feet of Verdouw who finished truly across the goal and into the net to put the Lions back with in a goal @ 2-1
Both teams pushed for another goal, but the battle was settled at 2-1, a clean sweep over Kingborough for Rangers, the third club for the year, but Kingborough a much improved outfit from the previous encounters.
Next week Rangers play Devonport @ Valley road, still an important game, as Rangers now hunt down Olympia for third spot.