With the Sydney Rangers Football Club already confirming a place in the playoffs thanks to last week’s victory against Marrickville, last weekend’s Rangers B v. Strathfield match started slowly.
Things soon picked up though as Rangers B probed the Strathfield back line, seeking that all-important hole in their defence.
As the largest crowd of the season looked on, the deadlock appeared to be broken as Rangers team member Paul burst through on goal, scoring with a deft touch. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be, as the referee blew the whistle in a contentious offside decision. However, this was enough to spur the team into action and a goal soon followed from Paul, putting Rangers in front at half-time.
In the second half of the game, the Rangers started as they had left off, attacking to get the all-important second goal to settle the game. Midway through, team member Danny pressured the Strathfield goalie who had strayed out of his goal mouth, with loose hands on the ball allowing him to capitalize and score a deserved goal to cap off a tireless performance.
As time ticked down, the Strathfield goalie made a run of the full length of the pitch in an attempt to get a goal back and ever so nearly made it, with only some last gasp defending stopping him in his tracks, leaving a final score of Rangers B 2, Strathfield 0.
The Rangers A team are sitting at the top of the ladder despite a tough game on Saturday, going up against Balmain at Callan Park in Rozelle. After two consecutive 4-1 losses, it was time for Rangers A to break its ‘Callan Park curse’ and get back to winning ways against a resilient Balmain.
With the game kicking off 25 minutes late, Rangers played some good soccer in the first half as the team adjusted to a new 3-5-2 formation.
Unfortunately, the second half didn’t really live up to its potential for Rangers A and the slender scoreline meant increasing pressure as the game wore on. The Balmain keeper used the long ball to great advantage and the team looked susceptible when letting the ball bounce rather than heading it out of danger.
With a final winning score of 1-0, the team can look forward to the final round of competition next weekend before the finals the week after.
INFO: Rangers A next games are against Belmore at 3pm, Rudd Park #2, Belfield on Saturday August 13, and again at 2.45pm the following day, Centenary Park #1, Burwood. Rangers B play off is against Marrickville on Saturday August 13 at 12.30pm at Bennett Park 2, Roselands.