The weekend’s round nine matches brought mixed results for the Sydney Rangers gay football club. Rangers B division put in a much-improved performance on a damp pitch against the highly rated Five Dock team.
Five Dock started well and dominated the first 20 minutes keeping pressure on the defence and keeper. The defence was solid and ensured that even though Five Dock were in the attacking zone, they did not have any easy chances and they were kept at bay for most of the first half.
Five Dock scored and went to half-time a man down but a goal up.
The second half was more of the same, with the bigger, faster and taller Five Dock players pushing their way through defenders and hogging the ball.
Five Dock kept up the pressure with long goal kicks and clearances getting them out of defence and into attack.
With just 10 seconds to go, a Rangers B attack was thwarted and the ensuing goal kick sealed the match 2-0.
Rangers B now slip out of the top four and need to find a win to have a semi-finals berth.
In contrast, the Rangers A division won the first Balmain derby of the season, 2-1. A very physical game resulted in two red cards for the opposition but the Rangers kept their heads cool and finished the job.
Player Nick had a brilliant game, setting up a goal for teammate Victor, making it 2-0 in the early stage of the first half.
Balmain B came back, scoring a goal right after the break. The Rangers’ finished with the score at 2-1.