The Sydney Rangers A team beat Strathfield Strikers FC in a Round 20 match over the long weekend.
On a muddy pitch and with three players from the B team making up their numbers, Rangers A were determined there would be no excuses.
With team captain Koji filling in as goalie, the Rangers took some time to settle in. Strathfield Strikers took advantage of the minor disarray, attacking down their left side repeatedly. But with Dom in charge at the rear supported by Riki, Adam, and B player Mark, all attacks were thwarted, while captain Koji pulled off some amazing saves, including a full length dive to his left to push a fierce shot over the line.
Rangers B player Paul showed he was up to the task on the right, working well with Adam to keep the ball in possession and moving forward. Rangers midfielders shielded the ball and gave off several good through balls that Timmy and Nick took through. After a few less than difficult chances went astray, both found the net in quick succession with good footwork to run round the defence and slot the ball past the keeper.
Hiro and Pierre created many chances with Akio and Riki running well on the left flank leaving their opponents wanting.
The second half saw more of the same but Rangers’ defence and keeper kept a clean sheet and the midfield and forwards kept pushing to seal the game. The solid 2-0 win has put the Rangers at the top of the Round 20 ladder.
On Saturday June 18 Rangers B play at 1:15pm at Centenary Park, West Burwood and Rangers A will play at 3:00pm Steel Park Stanmore.
On Sunday June 19 Rangers A play at 1:15pm Blair at Park Burwood, while the Rangers’ Social Soccer will start from 3pm at Centennial Park.